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Eggs Up Grill opens in Southport, with restaurateurs eyeing a second Wilmington location

Jennifer and Brandon Padilla opened their second Eggs Up Grill location last week in Southport. (Courtesy Ivey Agency)

SOUTHPORT — A fast-growing breakfast and lunch restaurant served its first meal last week at its new location in the Southport Crossings Shopping Center. 

The 25-year-old Eggs Up Grill chain has locations across the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, and soon-to-be in Texas. The Southport location will become the company’s 10th in the state and second for franchise partners Brandon and Jennifer Padilla.

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“Through our Shallotte restaurant, we have had the opportunity to get to know and serve the members of the community, and also realize a passion of mine — helping grow and develop a team and seeing their successes come to life,” Brandon Padilla said in a press release. “Our continued growth with Eggs Up Grill will allow us even more opportunity to make an impact.”

The couple is looking to add a Wilmington location in the future. Eggs Up Grill is already serving the Port City at 5932-110 Carolina Beach Road in the Beau Rivage Marketplace, though owned by different franchisees.

The 3,4000-square-foot Southport restaurant has indoor seating for 124, plus an outdoor patio for 30. A lounge area will be available for area students and travelers who wish to enjoy a coffee or breakfast sandwich, along with complimentary Wifi. There will also be a 10-seater Parsons table for larger groups or community seating.

It boasts a menu full of egg selections, omelets, Benedicts, and breakfast sandwiches, as well as pancakes, waffles and a selection of mimosas.

Lunch choices include burgers, sandwiches, melts, salads and bowls. In September, Eggs Up launched a new menu, highlighting a new Brunch Burger, with flavors of breakfast including crispy bacon and griddled eggs.

The menu also has gluten friendly options and kids’ fare, as well as expanded coffee drinks, such as cold brew. It’s offered seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., with dine-in, online ordering, takeout, catering and delivery available. The grill also caters events.

Founded in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, in 1997 by restaurateur Chris Skodras, the chain was ranked as the No. 1 breakfast franchise by Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 two years in a row. There are 150 grills operational, in development, or committed to open across the Southeast.

It has expanded rapidly in North Carolina over the last year alone, with other eateries coming to Garner, Cornelius, Clayton and Fayetteville.

“Over the last seven years, Eggs Up Grill has made a home in the Tar Heel State and is poised to triple our growth,” CEO Ricky Richardson said in a press release. “We look forward to bringing the same great tasting products and our exceptional, friendly service, provided by local franchise partners and their teams, to even more of our neighbors in North Carolina.”


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