A Wake Forest couple might have bad timing when it comes to opening a new eating establishment but hopefully, when the coronavirus crisis has come under control we will all be able to enjoy some yummy food at the new Eggs Up Grill at 1009 Forestville Road.
I’ve been to an Eggs Up Grill and have always enjoyed the food. I’m excited about one coming to Wake Forest. The hot chocolate coffee combination is always a treat and puts a smile on my face.
As local residents for the past 35 years, Jerry & Tammy plan to bring 1-2 additional locations to the area within the next 2-3 years, currently seeking real estate in the Raleigh and Durham areas.
Jerry is a U.S. Army veteran who serves as a Superintendent managing Trucking, Plants, Shops and Outside Asphalt Sales. Tammy is a Senior Manager of Production Planning and Inventory Control with Purdue Pharmaceuticals.
Jerry & Tammy were first introduced to Eggs Up Grill three years ago when they purchased a second home in North Myrtle Beach, SC and began going out for breakfast 2-3 times per week.
Based on the success they saw of the brand in Myrtle Beach, Jerry and Tammy look forward to growing the concept across Wake and Franklin counties where they can also be close to their four (soon to be five) grandchildren.
The mixture of tourism and community that Wake Forest offers has also been a winning mixture for the brand’s appeal for the past 23 years.
Jerry & Tammy were kind enough to answer some questions about their new adventure.
1. When was the deal finalized?
We finalized the agreement with Eggs Up Grill about 1 year ago.
2. When will you open the first location?
Target opening in October 2020
3. Timeline for additional growth?
4. How many employees do you plan to hire in Wake Forest? When?
20-30 employees in September/October.
5. Will you build a new building or open in an established building?
We will be a tenant in a building currently being constructed.
6. What makes Eggs Up different from any other breakfast and lunch restaurant in Wake Forest?
Eggs Up Grill offers a home town feel with great food and service. “Everything to make you smile”.
7. How will you balance life and work, being husband/wife and business partners?
The restaurant will operate 6am – 2pm, seven days a week. These hours appeal to us as it allows time for family in the evenings.
8. Can you elaborate on your different roles?
Jerry will oversee the day-to-day while Tammy will help out on the weekends as she will continue her job with a local pharmaceutical company.
9. Tell us about your first time at Eggs Up Grill in Myrtle Beach.
We are huge breakfast geeks. Our first encounter was at Eggs Up Grill in North Myrtle Beach. The restaurant was bright and clean, servers/staff were friendly and attentive and the food was awesome. So many good things to choose from. Eggs Up Grill offers breakfast, brunch and lunch. There is something for everyone.
Our vision for this restaurant is to provide a place for our neighbors to gather and enjoy a nice meal, just like home (without the dishes). We are looking for a strong partnership with the community.
Todd Owen, the Eggs Up Grill Vice President of Franchise Development, was excited to say the sky is the limit for Eggs Up Grill.
1. What do growth plans look like for Eggs Up Grill in the Wake Forest area heading into the future?
3-5 additional locations in the Raleigh area. Garner just had a lease signed by our existing two-unit franchisee in Raleigh. It is an active recruitment area for us as is all of North Carolina.
2. How does the Wake Forest community compare to other nearby markets that have Eggs Up Grill locations?
In 2020 we also have sites opening in Asheville and Hendersonville, NC. Plus two more in openings in the Wilmington area.
Eggs Up Grill was originally founded in Pawleys Island, S.C. in 1997 by restaurateur Chris Skodras. The magic has finally almost made it to Wake Forest.