Eggs Up Grill now open in Richmond, Va.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Eggs Up Grill, a rapidly growing breakfast, brunch, and lunch concept is opening its first restaurant in Virginia. On Monday, August 2, local franchise owners Rob and Karla Thompson welcomed their Richmond neighbors with great-tasting, freshly prepared meals, and friendly service.

“We’ve been thinking about opening a restaurant for the last five years. What really attracted us to Eggs Up Grill is how important community is, and the charitable works of the franchise partners,” said Rob Thompson.

The restaurant is located at 2003 W. Huguenot Road in the Huguenot Village Shopping Center next to Publix. It features a light, bright, and cheery atmosphere designed to make guests feel comfortable and at home. The new restaurant will feature the brand’s newest kitchen innovation which includes a streamlined design and the addition of fryers, allowing Eggs Up Grill to expand its menu offerings.

Eggs Up Grill traces its roots to Pawleys Island, South Carolina where it was founded in 1997 with a menu featuring classic, All-American dishes, along with twists on traditional favorites.  The restaurant takes pride in perfectly cooking fresh, hand-cracked eggs 14 different ways.  Menu categories include made-to-order omelets and benedicts, pancakes, waffles, and breakfast sandwiches, as well as famous home fries, the Founder’s recipe corned beef hash, and buttery, grilled blueberry muffins. Lunch choices included juicy burgers, tasty sandwiches, wraps and salads.

The Richmond opening is part of the Brand’s focus on expanding in Virginia.  Currently, Eggs Up Grill has restaurants in development in Blacksburg and Norfolk, in addition to the two other restaurants the Thompsons will open in the Richmond market.

“We are excited to open in Richmond, not only providing guests a great dining option for breakfast and lunch, but also serving as a hub for local activity,” says Eggs Up Grill CEO Ricky Richardson. “We are eager to meet and partner with the community and serve our neighbors.”

Thompson is a retired Navy intelligence officer and is the owner of HT Innovations, a defense contracting company specializing in space-based systems. He also served four years as the Matoaca district representative for the Chesterfield County School Board. After learning about Eggs Up Grill, the Thompsons were drawn to the better breakfast concept because it aligned with their values.

“We both believe in serving this great community, and it’s through our Eggs Up Grill restaurants that we will continue our personal mission of doing so,” he added.

The Richmond restaurant will serve guests seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. with dine-in, online ordering, takeout, catering and delivery options available. A dedicated to-go station allows for easy pick-up for online orders and third-party delivery.  Eggs Up Grill caters events big or small, with a catering menu featuring breakfast favorites like eggs, grits, home fries, biscuits and gravy and muffins. Salads, sandwiches and wraps are available for catered lunch. Delivery will be available.

For more information on the Richmond restaurant, follow @eugmidlothian on Instagram and Facebook.

Key Lime Pie Pancakes and Banana Pudding French Toast Join Eggs Up Grill Menu for Summertime

Limited time menu boast twists on southern classics   

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Eggs Up Grill, a rapidly growing breakfast, brunch and lunch concept, is entering summer 2021 with a Summer of Yum limited time menu of four new dishes. Beginning June 7, guests can enjoy Key Lime Pie Pancakes, Banana Pudding French Toast, Summer Berry Waffles and a Summer Berry Grilled Chicken Salad.  At participating locations, guests may also choose between sparkling rose or a sparkling rose mimosa. The promotion runs through Labor Day weekend.

“We wanted to pay homage to our southern roots this summer and offer a menu of rich and fresh menu items that scream summer,” said Ricky Richardson, chief executive officer of Eggs Up Grill. “Afterall, our brand promise is ‘everything to make you smile.’ We know our guests will love our fluffy pancakes with real key lime pie filling, as well as homemade southern banana pudding atop our guest favorite French toast. Pair with a rose mimosa and it’s truly a summer of yum at Eggs Up Grill.”

The Key Lime Pancakes include two pancakes topped with authentic key lime pie filling, whipped cream, powdered sugar, graham cracker crumbles and a fresh slice of lime; the Banana Pudding French Toast includes two slices of cinnamon swirl French toast topped with real banana pudding, whipped cream, graham cracker crumbles and fresh banana slices. The Summer Berry Waffle is a Belgian-style waffle served golden brown with blackberries, raspberries, powdered sugar and a dark chocolate drizzle. All items start at $8.99.

Eggs Up Grill is also serving up a Summer Berry Grilled Chicken Salad. It’s topped with blackberries, raspberries, praline pecans and sliced grilled chicken breast, tossed with a blueberry vinaigrette dressing over mixed greens for $9.99. Sparkling rose or a sparking rose mimosa can be ordered for $5.99 each at participating locations.

With locations across the Southeast – Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas, Eggs Up Grill offers seasonal items and its full menu for dine-in, takeout or delivery.  Menu categories include breakfast sandwiches, benedicts, omelets, pancakes, waffles, French toast, as well as classic breakfast entrees, home-fry bowls and fan-favorite muffins. The full menu is available, open to close, with lunch choices including burgers, sandwiches, wraps and salads. The menu also offers heart-healthy and gluten-friendly options and a kids’ menu.  Family Bundle meals are offered for takeout and delivery, providing an easy option to feed four people starting at $25. All locations are individually owned and operated by a local member of the community, providing great-tasting, freshly prepared breakfast, brunch and lunch options. 

About Eggs Up Grill:

Eggs Up Grill is home to the whole neighborhood, serving smiles from sunup through lunch. The aromas of freshly brewed coffee, savory bacon and hand-cracked, farm-fresh eggs on the griddle, and warm, attentive team members will make you feel right at home. We are “neighbors serving neighbors” daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Recently ranked as the no. 1 breakfast franchise by Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power, Eggs Up Grill is experiencing record growth across the Southeast. Originally founded in Pawleys Island, S.C., by restaurateur Chris Skodras, Eggs Up Grill now has 47 locations and is headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C.  In 2018, private equity firm WJ Partners acquired Eggs Up Grill, building the team and priming the brand to rapidly grow in more communities across the U.S. with plans underway to reach the 100 restaurant mark by 2023. For more information, visit eggsupgrill.com.

Former Eggs Up Grill CFO Explains Why He Left to Become Multi-Unit Franchisee

This article was published March 14, 2021 on Hometown Headlines in Rome, Georgia:

By Natalie Simms

After 30 years in various corporate roles for companies across the country, local Eggs Up Grill franchisee Andy Wright decided he wanted to build a business of his own. So, he left his job as Chief Financial Officer of Eggs Up Grill, headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, and to open his own Eggs Up Grill restaurants, along with his wife Penny, in Canton and Rome.

The restaurant features the brand’s first pick-up window for takeout orders.

With the Canton restaurant already exceeding expectations since opening in December 2020, Wright hopes the same for the new Rome location that opens at 6 a.m. Monday. And if all goes well, the Wrights hope to continue growing in similar markets such as Cartersville, Dawsonville or Cumming.

“I held corporate roles in finance, procurement, and technology spanning the last 30 years,” says Wright. “These roles were predominately in helping to build small companies into recognized national brands.

“I’ve long been intrigued by the thought of building my own business and shortly after joining Eggs Up, I had the opportunity to spend a few days working in a franchisee’s restaurant and really caught the bug. Within 3 months, I was discussing it with my wife. She had been a part of the restaurant business before with her family business…she knew the complexity of it all.

“But, the restaurant’s family friendly atmosphere, the franchisees passion, community engagement, and focus on team development really excited me then, and excites me even more today…going from a desk job to being in the store and serving guests…its hard work, but exciting and fulfilling for me.”

Wright says he understands the economics of the business and didn’t get into it to ‘get rich’ but to build something for generations to come.

“I wanted something good, wholesome to build on so the next generation can continue to grow for years to come,” he says. “My wife is my also my business partner. We have three kids ages 14, 16 and 18 and all are heavily involved in our business. Our oldest two have trained at the corporate location in Spartanburg (SC) and are now servers in our Canton restaurant. They have really found their confidence in a very challenging year.”

Wright already had already developed his business plan for his first location in Canton and had lease agreements in place before the COVID pandemic began last March. Despite the short-term impacts, he had the confidence to keep moving forward.

“I’ve gone from feeling terrified to excited over the last year,” he says. “A business is a sizable investment and you have lease, loan and franchisee obligations. But I had confidence in our economy and in our medical system. We are social beings and I knew we couldn’t put our heads in the sand for eons.

“While there were short-term impacts, as we moved forward, I had the confidence we would persevere and do well. I left my desk job in March (2020), signed the lease in Canton and started building that location in August. We opened in December and it has exceeded my expectations. My business plan was written out before COVID in 2019 and we still have exceeded that plan.”

Wright says he chose Rome for his second location because of its strong community and regional draw.

“Rome is a regional hub and has a really strong community, vibrant and growing economy and favorable demographics,” he says. “We believe that the community will love our DNA – we are home to the whole neighborhood…serving smiles from sunup through lunch.”

At Eggs Up Grill you will notice the difference in service, menu and venue from the neighboring competition.

“Our service is our passion. We provide real service for real people and making them smile is job No. 1,” says Wright. “We have warm, friendly, and attentive team members – making you feel right at home. We are neighbors serving neighbors from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

“We have a vast menu of breakfast and lunch items served all day.  It starts with farm fresh hand cracked eggs cooked 14 ways – varieties include poached, scrambled, fried, omelets, etc.  Breakfast and lunch sandwiches include burgers and wraps, salads, pancakes, waffles, hash, steaks, and a variety of healthy options.

“The restaurant is clean, bright, and family oriented.  We have comfortable seating inside and will be adding patio seating over the next few weeks. We are able to accept orders over the phone or online, and shortly will offer 3rd party delivery services with Door Dash, Grub Hub, and Uber Eats. Orders can be picked up in our Eggside pickup area as well as through our pickup window.”

As for what’s next, Wright says he is focused on “the here and now” in Rome and Canton.

“We are acutely focused on delivering great experiences to our guests and developing our team members in Rome and Canton,” he says. “We want to grow, but not so fast that we outstrip our abilities. We would love to grow in markets that look and feel like Canton and Rome. We will look to opportunistically grow in markets like Cartersville, Dawsonville and Cumming over the coming months and years.”

In the meantime, he is ready to greet customers on Monday and get started bringing new offerings to Rome.

“Rome is such a business-friendly City…they have been so helpful and really rapid in their approval processes,” he says. “And the Ledbetters have been amazing to work with. They have done an amazing job on East Bend. It is well constructed…really top-notch and we’re excited to be here.”

Business hours are 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday-Sunday for breakfast, brunch and lunch. All veterans, active military and first responders will receive a 15% discount every day.

Eggs Up Grill Experiencing Rapid Growth in 2021; Locations Boast Fresh New Interior Design

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Eggs Up Grill projects another record year with rapid growth underway. The breakfast, brunch, and lunch concept will open 12-15 of its newly designed restaurants across the Southeast, reaching nearly 60 locations by the end of 2021. All of the new restaurants feature the Brand’s refined and refreshed restaurant design, ensuring these locations become a welcoming, community mainstay in each neighborhood.

With that growth in mind, and as part of its mission to be a best-in-class franchisor, the Brand is continuing its three-year partnership with Walt Carucci of AE Consulting Services. Carucci works hand in hand with franchisees to ensure support as they work through the restaurant design and contractor selection process. That relationship starts after the signing of the Franchise Agreement, and through the grand opening, helping franchise partners navigate the needs of landlords, architects, equipment and design vendors, and much more. Carucci says the new design of these restaurants brings to life the Brand’s motto of being a happy place for its guests and team members. 

“We used the opening of the company’s flagship restaurant, innovation lab, and training center in 2019 in Spartanburg, S.C., as the opportunity to introduce a refreshed design that impactfully communicates the spirit of the Brand,” said Walt. “We were able to implement those changes at our Spartanburg location, which has prepared us for the robust growth the Brand has experienced year after year.” 

The restaurant, known for its great-tasting, freshly prepared meals, friendly service, and inviting atmosphere, turned to Plan B, a hospitality design and architecture firm in Dallas for the prototype project. Plan B combined refreshing comfort with simplicity and charm that is signature to Eggs Up Grill. Now, that design has been adapted and rolled out into new restaurants in Georgia, the Carolinas, and Florida, and soon to be introduced in new locations in Virginia, Tennessee, and Alabama.

From the moment guests enter, they are greeted with a light, bright, and cheery atmosphere. The space is designed to provide a comfortable escape that is welcoming and familiar. Whether dining at the counter feeling the energy from the kitchen, at a community table shared with neighbors and friends, or in a cozy nook, guests can choose seating options to suit the perfect occasion or mood. The walls feature artwork specifically designed for Eggs Up Grill that pays homage to its namesake, the Egg.

Each restaurant is 2,300 to 2,800 square feet with seating for approximately 85 guests. Guests will enjoy an upbeat, friendly dine-in experience as well as a convenient pick-up station, which allows for convenient access for online orders and third-party delivery. In addition there is a special emphasis on finding real estate that can accommodate patio seating, enabling guest to enjoy the outdoors and for those not yet comfortable with interior dining. The Brand continues to innovate for future locations, including its first pick-up window debuting at the new Rome, Ga., Eggs Up Grill opening March 2021. 

During his career, Carucci has constructed and developed more than 450 restaurants in more than 35 states and held executive positions for multiple chain restaurant companies. His experience spans the industry, including work with quick service, fast casual, casual dining, buffet style, and fine dining. His specialties include real estate acquisitions, building and ground leasing, property development, entitlements, design and construction management, and facilities maintenance.

“Walt was instrumental in contributing to the design and construction of the company-owned Eggs Up Grill prototype in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and now assists franchisees daily with the design and construction phase,” said Todd Owen, vice president of franchise sales and development for Eggs Up Grill. “He helps save our franchisees money and time so they can focus on getting their restaurants ready to open to our guests.”

With locations across the Southeast – Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas, Eggs Up Grill offers its full menu, open to close, for dine-in, takeout, or delivery. Menu categories include breakfast sandwiches, benedicts, omelets, pancakes, waffles, French toast, as well as classic breakfast entrees, home-fry bowls, and fan-favorite muffins. There are also lunch choices including burgers, sandwiches, wraps, and salads. 

About Eggs Up Grill:  

Eggs Up Grill is home to the whole neighborhood, serving smiles from sunup through lunch. The aromas of freshly brewed coffee, savory bacon and hand-cracked, farm-fresh eggs on the griddle, and warm, attentive team members will make you feel right at home. We are “neighbors serving neighbors” daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Recently ranked as the no. 1 breakfast franchise by Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power, Eggs Up Grill is experiencing record growth across the Southeast. Originally founded in Pawleys Island, S.C., by restaurateur Chris Skodras, Eggs Up Grill now has 46 locations and is headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C.  In 2018, private equity firm WJ Partners acquired Eggs Up Grill, building the team and priming the brand to rapidly grow in more communities across the U.S. with plans underway to reach the 100-restaurant mark by 2023. For more information, visit https://www.eggsupgrill.com/franchise.

Eggs Up Grill Featured on NBC Station; Multi-Unit Owner Spotlighted

Eggs Up Grill franchise partner Heath Greene is up and running with the first of three restaurants he is developing in the Savannah, Ga. market.

WSAV-TV sat down recently to speak to Eggs Up Grill CEO Ricky Richardson and Greene about the new location.

“I knew it was time for a change after years in the corporate world, but never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d open a restaurant,” said Heath Greene, owner of the new Savannah restaurant. “My family loves eating at Eggs Up Grill, and we started to entertain the idea of opening our own. The more I learned, the more I was attracted to the brand. As we also wanted the opportunity to expand beyond one restaurant, we moved our family to a town that we fell in love with years ago. We believe Eggs Up Grill is a perfect fit for the Savannah market, and we look forward to bringing our guests a great-tasting All-American meal.”

Greene partnered with his childhood friend Ben Sheppard for the business deal.

The opening is part of the breakfast, brunch and lunch brand’s focus on expanding in Georgia where there are currently three locations.  That number will grow to more than a dozen within the next two years.

To watch the full story, click here.

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Eggs Up Grill Invites Guests to “Eat Happy”

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – With Valentine’s Day around the corner signaling the start of a season of springtime celebrations, Eggs Up Grill is rolling out a limited time menu with three new items and an offering of sparkling drinks. Guests are sure to “Eat Happy” enjoying a savory Coastal Crab Cake Benedict and decadent Chocolate Covered Strawberry French Toast starting Monday, Feb. 8, through Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 9.  A Shrimp and Grits Bowl is joining the menu permanently. At participating locations, guests can also choose between Sparkling Rose or a Sparkling Rose Mimosa. 

The Coastal Crab Cake Benedict is around for a limited time!

“At Eggs Up Grill, our goal is to help our guests smile, we exist to make people happy.  Over the past year, so many in person celebrations were canceled.  As we start a new year, we want to serve a bit of happiness to our guests, give them a reason to celebrate and there’s no such thing as a celebration without great tasting food and drink,” said Ricky Richardson, CEO of Eggs Up Grill. “So whether they dine with us in person, or in their own homes, we’ve introducing a savory crab cake that reminds you of  the seaside, an indulgent stuffed French Toast that satisfies any craving, and a flavorful shrimp and grits bowl topped with fresh, made to order eggs.  All of these dishes pair well with our new sparkling rose mimosa.” 

The Coastal Crab Cake Benedict comes with sautéed crab cakes on toasted garlic bread, topped with poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, and a dash of Old Bay® seasoning. It is served with home fries, grits, or fresh fruit starting at $11.99. The Chocolate Covered Strawberry French Toast is two slices of cinnamon French toast stuffed with strawberry cream cheese, topped with powdered sugar and a chocolate drizzle for $7.99. The Shrimp and Grits Bowl features sautéed shrimp, Andouille sausage, sautéed onions, and Swiss cheese. It is served atop fire-roasted tomatoes and spinach grits, with hand-cracked eggs and a side of garlic toast starting at $10.99. Sparkling Rose or a Sparking Rose Mimosa can be ordered for $5.99 each at participating locations.

With locations across the southeast – Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas, Eggs Up Grill offers these seasonal items and its full menu for dine-in, takeout or delivery.  Menu categories include breakfast sandwiches, benedicts, omelets, pancakes, waffles, French toast, as well as classic breakfast entrees, home-fry bowls, and fan-favorite muffins. The full menu is available open to close with lunch choices including burgers, sandwiches, wraps, and salads. The menu also offers heart-healthy and gluten-friendly options and a kids’ menu.  Family Bundle meals are also offered for takeout and delivery, providing an easy way to feed four people starting at $25. All locations are individually owned and operated by a local member of the community, providing great-tasting, freshly prepared breakfast, brunch and lunch options. 

About Eggs Up Grill:

Eggs Up Grill is home to the whole neighborhood, serving smiles from sunup through lunch. The aromas of freshly brewed coffee, savory bacon and hand-cracked, farm-fresh eggs on the griddle and warm, attentive team members will make you feel right at home. We are “neighbors serving neighbors” daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Recently ranked as the no. 1 breakfast franchise by Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power, Eggs Up Grill is experiencing record growth across the Southeast.  Originally founded in Pawleys Island, S.C., by restaurateur Chris Skodras, Eggs Up Grill now has 46 locations and is headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C.  In 2018, private equity firm WJ Partners acquired Eggs Up Grill, building the team and priming the brand to rapidly grow in more communities across the U.S. with plans underway to reach the 100-restaurant mark by 2023. For more information, visit https://www.eggsupgrill.com/franchise.

Eggs Up Grill Ranked Among Franchise Times Top 200+ Growing Franchise Brands

The Southeastern-based breakfast and lunch restaurant franchise came in at No. 462.   

Eggs Up Grill has been recognized by Franchise Times as one of 2020’s Top 200+ franchise brands, ranking at No. 462 out of 500 franchises. 

Founded in Pawleys Island, South Carolina in 1997 by restaurateur Chris SkodrasEggs Up Grill is home to the whole neighborhood, serving smiles from sunup through lunch. The aromas of freshly brewed coffee, savory bacon and hand-cracked, farm-fresh eggs on the griddle and warm, attentive team members will make you feel right at home. The brand is the “neighbors serving neighbors” daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eggs Up Grill has grown to over 40 locations across the Southeast and is headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The rankings are decided by Franchise Times after assessing each brand’s revenue over a three year period. The higher a brand’s revenue influx of those three years, the higher their ranking.

See the full list at franchisetimes.com.

About Eggs Up Grill:

Eggs Up Grill is home to the whole neighborhood, serving smiles from sunup through lunch. The aromas of freshly brewed coffee, savory bacon and hand-cracked, farm-fresh eggs on the griddle, and warm, attentive team members will make you feel right at home. We are “neighbors serving neighbors” daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Recently ranked as the no. 1 breakfast franchise by Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power, Eggs Up Grill is experiencing record growth across the Southeast. Originally founded in Pawleys Island, S.C., by restaurateur Chris Skodras, Eggs Up Grill now has 47 locations and is headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C.  In 2018, private equity firm WJ Partners acquired Eggs Up Grill, building the team and priming the brand to rapidly grow in more communities across the U.S. with plans underway to reach the 100 restaurant mark by 2023. For more information, visit eggsupgrill.com.

Eggs Up Grill Ranked #1 in Breakfast Restaurants in Entrepreneur’s Highly Competitive Franchise 500

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Eggs Up Grill, a rapidly growing breakfast, brunch, and lunch brand, was recently ranked #1 in the Breakfast Restaurants category in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500®, the world’s first, best, and most comprehensive franchise ranking. The Franchise 500® ranked Eggs Up Grill for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power. 

“Being ranked in the prestigious Entrepreneur magazine Franchise 500®, as well as coming in at the top spot for the breakfast category, is a testament to the strength of our franchisees’ dedication to thriving in unprecedented times, but also sticking to who we are at the core, and that’s neighbors serving neighbors,” said Eggs Up Grill CEO Ricky Richardson. “We offer a place where our guests can feel at home and enjoy a great tasting, freshly prepared meal that is delivered with a friendly smile. As many of our guests have shared with us, that is just what they needed over the last year.” 

Eggs Up Grill celebrated a record nine restaurant openings in 2020 and is on track to open more than a dozen new restaurants, entering three additional states, in 2021. Richardson said despite 2020’s challenges, Eggs Up Grill had a productive year and these rankings further reinforce the strength of the brand, the commitment to being a best-in-class franchisor, and Eggs Up Grill’s staying power in the breakfast category. To view Eggs Up Grill in the full ranking, visit www.entrepreneur.com/franchise500.

Since being acquired by WJ Partners in early 2018, Eggs Up Grill has grown to 46 restaurants in four states – Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina – doubling in size under Richardson’s leadership. The brand’s 2021 plans include entry into Virginia, Alabama and Tennessee as it continues to expand across the Southeast.  In all, more than 40 additional restaurants are committed under development agreements, including 18 locations that the brand signed in 2020. The impressive growth, despite the industry challenges of 2020, serves as an indicator that now, more than ever, Eggs Up Grill is an ideal brand for franchising in the restaurant segment.

To maintain those sales levels through 2021, Eggs Up Grill is continuing to adapt to the needs of its franchisees and guests. Amplifying the 2020 introduction of a “touchless” experience (QR menus, digital ordering, contactless payments) the brand is rolling out improvements in online technology to make it easier for its guest to order takeout and delivery. Additionally, the brand is evolving its prototype to further streamline back-of-the-house operations while also testing an order pickup window to enable guests to receive their takeout order without leaving the car. 

“As we enter 2021, we are fully focused on growth – in sales, franchisee profitability and in new restaurants,” said Richardson. “While 2020 was uniquely challenging it helped us refine our business model, identify new sales channels and streamline restaurant operations in a way that serves as a terrific foundation for accelerated growth in 2021.”  

Historically a brand that focused on single restaurant franchisees, Eggs Up Grill is also targeting business-focused investors, both with and without restaurant experience, who are looking for a business growth opportunity.  Franchise partners are attracted to its brand positioning, daypart focus (6 am – 2 pm), successful business model and top notch franchise support, all with a two decade plus proven track record. Todd Owen, vice president of franchise sales and development for Eggs Up Grill said, “once they dive into the brand and engage with our existing franchise partners, prospective franchisees really appreciate the scalability of the concept. Fifty percent of franchisees have multiple locations, and many have signed agreements for additional restaurants.”

About Eggs Up Grill:

Eggs Up Grill is home to the whole neighborhood, serving smiles from sunup through lunch. The aromas of freshly brewed coffee, savory bacon and hand-cracked, farm-fresh eggs on the griddle and warm, attentive team members will make you feel right at home. We are “neighbors serving neighbors” daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Originally founded in Pawleys Island, S.C., in 1997 by restaurateur Chris Skodras, Eggs Up Grill has grown to 46 restaurants across the Southeast and is headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C. With strong AUVs and consistent comp sales momentum, no wonder existing franchisees are reinvesting in the brand and new franchisees are joining the Eggs Up Grill family.

In 2018, private equity firm WJ Partners acquired Eggs Up Grill, building the team and priming the brand to rapidly grow in more communities across the U.S. with plans underway to reach the 100-restaurant mark by 2022. For more information, visit https://www.eggsupgrill.com/franchise

Eggs Up Grill CEO Looks Ahead to 2021

The breakfast franchise is positioned stronger than ever as the franchise of choice for entrepreneurs.   

Eggs Up Grill CEO Ricky Richardson led a webinar detailing how now, more than ever, Egg Up Grill is the right brand for franchising in the restaurant segment. 

The brand’s record of success, talented leadership team and strong franchisees has proven sustainable even during the challenges of 2020, making the recovery of 2021 even stronger.

You can watch a special recording of the event detailing:

  • How the brand has quickly pivoted to exploit off-premise revenue and profit opportunities, growing that segment to over 20% of total sales, 4 times what they were pre-pandemic.
  • The work underway to maintain those sales levels even as the overall industry begins its recovery in 2021, including the evolution of the Brand’s new restaurant prototype.
  • Explicit initiatives to improve restaurant-level profitability and ongoing margin growth.
  • Industry-leading steps the Brand took to help franchisees navigate the immediate impacts of the pandemic, from operational standards focused on team member and guest safety, to assisting them as they worked through the PPP process.

About Eggs Up Grill:

Eggs Up Grill is home to the whole neighborhood, serving smiles from sunup through lunch. The aromas of freshly brewed coffee, savory bacon and hand-cracked, farm-fresh eggs on the griddle, and warm, attentive team members will make you feel right at home. We are “neighbors serving neighbors” daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Recently ranked as the no. 1 breakfast franchise by Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power, Eggs Up Grill is experiencing record growth across the Southeast. Originally founded in Pawleys Island, S.C., by restaurateur Chris Skodras, Eggs Up Grill now has 47 locations and is headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C.  In 2018, private equity firm WJ Partners acquired Eggs Up Grill, building the team and priming the brand to rapidly grow in more communities across the U.S. with plans underway to reach the 100 restaurant mark by 2023. For more information, visit eggsupgrill.com.

Eggs Up Grill Honors Top Franchise Partners During Annual Awards

The breakfast, brunch and lunch franchise shone a light on the top achievers of 2020 through sales, innovation, community connections and service.   

Eggs Up Grill held the brand’s annual awards and recognition via a virtual ceremony, shining a light on some of the great accomplishments of 2020.  To watch the presentation, click here.

Below is the list of winners:

  • Rookie of the Year: Simpsonville, SC—highest volume restaurant to open in 2020 and on its way to being a $1M+ restaurant.
     
  • On Fire Award:  Sumter, SC—consecutive months of positive comp sales growth since June and positive comp sales over the trailing 12 months.
     
  • Beyond the Brick and Mortar:  Killian’s Crossing, Columbia, SC—leading the system in third-party delivery sales and online ordering. 
     
  • Community Connections Award:  Knightsville, SC—most active on social media with growth in engagement, pageviews and reach.
     
  • Happy Place Award:  Shallotte, NC– highest overall guest satisfaction ranking at 4.68.  Consistently engaging in the community and on social media.
     
Franchise Partner Michael McNeal provided meals for community groups in Albany, GA during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Above and Beyond Award:  Drew Hampton (Columbia, Lexington and Forest Acres)—pioneered the mimosa program which represents 8% of total sales at Devine St., Columbia.
     
  • Neighbors Serving Neighbors:
    • Debi Brannon, Powdersville, SC–work feeding first responders and helping community during COVID-19
    • Michael McNeal, Albany, GA— giving back to community consistently throughout COVID and beyond
       
  • Egg-Cellent Offerings:  Misa Vasquez, Market Common/Myrtle Beach—Monte Cristo Sandwich Recipe
     
  • Platinum Egg: Killian’s Crossing, Columbia, SC (pictured at top)–highest volume restaurant in the system with more than $1M in sales.
Simpsonville, SC opened in May with consistently strong sales.  Owner Dazz Collins owns three Eggs Up Grill locations around the Greenville, SC market.

About Eggs Up Grill:

Eggs Up Grill is home to the whole neighborhood, serving smiles from sunup through lunch. The aromas of freshly brewed coffee, savory bacon and hand-cracked, farm-fresh eggs on the griddle, and warm, attentive team members will make you feel right at home. We are “neighbors serving neighbors” daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Recently ranked as the no. 1 breakfast franchise by Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power, Eggs Up Grill is experiencing record growth across the Southeast. Originally founded in Pawleys Island, S.C., by restaurateur Chris Skodras, Eggs Up Grill now has 47 locations and is headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C.  In 2018, private equity firm WJ Partners acquired Eggs Up Grill, building the team and priming the brand to rapidly grow in more communities across the U.S. with plans underway to reach the 100 restaurant mark by 2023. For more information, visit eggsupgrill.com.