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.

Eggs Up Grill featured by national Black Restaurant Week campaign

Eggs Up Grill’s newest location in Riverview, FL is taking part in the Black Restaurant Week campaign, driving awareness about entrepreneurship opportunities   

Eggs Up Grill in Riverview, Fl. is part of Black Restaurant Week and was spotlighted by Tampa’s Fox station.  The national campaign celebrates Black-owned restaurants, provides a chance to spotlight how Black business owners can rise to the top, and aims to support the restaurants during the pandemic. 

Owner John Conyers spoke to Fox 13 about taking part in the event and the possibility of entrepreneurship.

“You can do anything you put your mind to as long as you have focus. You can do anything and stay committed to it,” said John.

Conyers, along with his wife Priscilla and their friend and business partner Angela Perry recently opened the brand’s 44th restaurant and its first in the Tampa Bay, Florida area. John is a local firefighter and Priscilla and Angela are both pharmacists.

“It’s our first restaurant to have and for them to select us to be a part of it, we’re excited, ”said John. “We just want to keep it going for the future to come, for the other minorities that’s coming about.”

To watch the full segment, click here.

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.

CEO Ricky Richardson On NPR: Growing a Restaurant During the Age of COVID-19

CEO Ricky Richardson gives an update on expansion and growth of the 43-unit breakfast-lunch brand to South Carolina Public Radio  

Eggs Up Grill, the breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant concept, has continued its rapid expansion as 2020 comes to a close.  So far, 6 restaurants have opened this year with another 3 set to open before the end of the year.

Eggs Up Grill CEO Ricky Richardson spoke to South Carolina Public Radio about the success and growth of the brand, despite the challenging impacts of the pandemic.

“I credit the hard, hard work of our franchise partners to run safe, clean, enjoyable experiences in their restaurant.”  The community involvement has been very important,” said Richardson.

Richardson noted that there hasn’t been a single closure of any existing restaurant and that sales levels are at “95% of what they were pre-COVID.”

Ahead in 2021, the brand will enter new states including Virginia, Alabama and Tennessee.

“It’s unique and opportunistic for people who really enjoy being a business owner, but also enjoy the hospitality and community nature of a brand like Eggs Up Grill.”

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 unveils three new weekday specials

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – A fan-favorite for breakfast, brunch and lunch, Eggs Up Grill will have new menu items this fall that are guaranteed to make guests smile.  Biscuits, Bowls & Burgers provides three limited-time offers that serve as a satisfying meal, whether guests are dining in or taking out. This promotion has the country covered, including:

  • The Denver Omelet Biscuit with Home fries: A flakey biscuit featuring diced ham, onions, peppers, and Cheddar Cheese cooked up into two eggs – $5
  • The Southern Bowl: A bowl that begins with creamy grits and home fries, then topped with savory sausage crumbles, sausage gravy and two fresh eggs – $6
  • The Philly Cheese Steak Burger with Home Fries: A single juicy steak burger patty topped with Philly steak, American cheese, onions and peppers on a brioche bun – $7

The promotion is available at all 43 locations for weekday breakfast, brunch and lunch starting Monday, October 5.

“When we first launched Biscuits, Bowls & Burgers in June, we offered a few of our most popular items at a price point that spoke to our everyday value,” said Richardson. “We are happy to expand upon the success of that promotion with these new items that provide exciting new flavors for our guests, while having fun with regional favorites.”

The brand is also expanding its popular Family Bundle meals, first unveiled in the spring as dining rooms closed due to state and local restrictions. Available for takeout or delivery, these meals are designed to feed a family of four for less than $25, with options available that feed up to six.

Bundle meals include:

  • Build-Your-Own Burger Bundle 10 patties, 6 buns, cheese and assorted toppings and a family-size side of home fries.
  • Take-and Bake Breakfast Casserole made with sausage, hash browns, eggs and cheese and served with six biscuits.
  • Classic Family Breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, home fries and a choice of biscuits or pancakes.
  • Build-Your-Own Biscuits served with scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, sausage gravy and home fries.
  • Loaded Home Fries and Eggs topped with a choice of bacon and sausage, and cheddar cheese.

“We are so honored to have a group of franchise partners who have worked so hard over the last six months adapting to new ways of serving guests,” said Richardson. “Whether it’s through online ordering, curbside takeout, delivery or dine-in, our franchise partners are committed to providing the same quality food and service their community depends on at Eggs Up Grill.  These business owners go above and beyond to be a good neighbor and serve their community each day.”

In addition to stringent cleanliness and sanitization, each Eggs Up Grill adheres to strict standards on masks for team members and social distancing of guests.  Touchless payment options are also available to guests.

The Eggs Up Grill menu features feel-good favorites ranging from signature omelets to piled-high burgers and sandwiches. All locations are open with full-service dining, and with online ordering, delivery, curbside and catering options, guests are also able to enjoy Eggs Up Grill fare outside of the location’s four walls. Guests may contact their local Eggs Up Grill for more information. 

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 more than 40 locations across the Southeast and is headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C. With strong AUVs and consistent comp sales momentum, it’s no wonder existing franchisees are reinvesting in the brand and new franchisees are joining the Eggs Up Grill family.

For more information, visit www.eggsupgrill.com.

Entrepreneur Magazine: Eggs Up Grill Ranks #16 on Top 200 Food Franchise List

The breakfast, brunch and lunch franchise received the recognition in Entrepreneur for the full-service category  

Eggs Up Grill, a breakfast, brunch and lunch brand with 40+ locations recently received a nod from Entrepreneur Magazine’s for their annual Top 200 Food Franchise list, ranking at number 16. Since its founding in Pawleys Island, South Carolina in 1997, Eggs Up Grill has set itself apart from the competitive breakfast segment thanks to a community-centric culture, magnetic guest appeal, compelling economics and strategic growth throughout the Southeastern U.S. 

Guests are greeted at Eggs Up Grill in Spartanburg

The brand, which stands out as a compelling franchise opportunity with over 20 years of success, strong financials and 11 quarters of same-store sales growth through 2019, is well-positioned for growth throughout the Southeast.  Eggs Up Grill is on track to reach the 100 location mark by mid-2022, signing agreements for 10 additional locations across the region over the last 90 days.  Those deals include 6 locations in Virginia, 3 in the Orlando market and one in the Huntsville, Alabama market.  

The Entrepreneur ranking pointed to Eggs Up Grill’s 35% growth in the last year, and 95% growth rate over the last 3 years. And momentum hasn’t slowed down as the brand continues to rapidly expand across the Southeast.  In the last 60 days, the brand signed deals to develop 10 additional restaurants.  Six of those restaurants are in Virginia, 3 restaurants are in the Orlando, Florida-market.  A franchise partner is also opening our first restaurant in Alabama in the Huntsville market.

The growth and success also led to Eggs Up Grill recently ranking #11 on Restaurant Business’s list of the Future 50

To read the article, click here.

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.

Restaurant Business: Eggs Up Grill Ranks Among The Future 50

The breakfast, brunch and lunch brand continues to be poised for growth, raking #11 on the list   

Eggs Up Grill has once again ranked among the Future 50, featured in Restaurant Business Magazine. 

CEO Ricky Richardson sitting down for lunch at Eggs Up Grill

Eggs Up Grill ranks #11 on the list, improving the brand’s performance over the previous year, ranked at #49. The brand is boasting two consecutive years of record growth. In 2019, Eggs Up Grill had 20% system sales growth and finished the year with 37 locations. 2020 should end with 47 open.

According to Restaurant Business, “this year’s class of America’s up-and-coming chains faces an uncertain future. But as the coronavirus hit, these small and innovative concepts were characteristically quick to adapt, repacking menu items into meal kits, creating pop-up drive-thrus and more.”

In the last seven months, Eggs Up Grill has opened in seven new neighborhoods with 4 – 6 more restaurants expected to open by the end of 2020, leading to a record year of growth. This growth speaks to the strength of the business model, even during a tough economic climate, and the timeless product offering, led by a team focused on franchisee success. 

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.