May 22, 2014

Breakfast is Devine as new Eggs Up Grill plans opening

Not just eggs, but waffles, wraps, sandwiches and soup will be served up on Devine Street starting in August when Columbia gets its first Eggs Up Grill.

Not just eggs, but waffles, wraps, sandwiches and soup will be served up on Devine Street starting in August when Columbia gets its first Eggs Up Grill.

Consumers who travel to South Carolina’s coast, which has several of the restaurants, may be familiar with the concept: It’s a breakfast-and-lunch-only eatery.

Construction was set to begin this week on Eggs Up, said Skip Corn, director of franchise development for the chain. It is taking the place of the recently shuttered MoMo’s Bistro at 2930 Devine St.

Drew Hampton, one of the franchise owners, hatched the idea to bring Eggs Up to Columbia five years ago.

“I love the menu. I’ve been eating at them for years,” said Hampton, who has been in the restaurant business for 17 years and owns the Forest Drive Groucho’s Deli, as well as two others outside of Columbia. “I feel like this is something that Columbia is missing.”

Hampton knew he wanted to be on Devine Street because it fit the restaurant’s concept of being in a community retail setting – near neighborhoods, churches and schools. He finally got a crack at the area when the MoMo’s building became available.

Hampton expects the restaurant to open in late August. He said Henry Plowden will run the day-to-day operations.

The restaurant will seat between 120 and 130 guests, according to Corn, and will employ between 25 and 30 workers.

Eggs Up will have an “open menu,” said Corn, which means patrons can get a salad at 6 a.m. or pancakes at 2 p.m.

“Whatever we have on the menu, it’s available the entire time we’re open,” he said.

The restaurant is noted for two family recipes, corn beef hash and seasoned home fries, Corn said.

The average meal will cost from $8 to $9, he said, adding, “You won’t leave hungry.”

Now that your appetite has been whetted, here is some other restaurant news:

•  Chicken Salad Chick, which opened its first Midlands store in Lexington last fall, plans to open another location on Harbison Boulevard next month. The Auburn, Ala.,-based restaurant, which serves a variety of chicken-salad types, will open its second Midlands site June 10 at 252 Harbison Blvd., in the Harbison Court shopping center, near Once Upon a Child.

Owners Julie Beville and Michelle Singleton of SingBev Hospitality plan to bring more than 20 locations to the state.

•  Café Caturra in Forest Acres’ Trenholm Plaza will be replaced soon by a Tazza Kitchen, which has locations in Raleigh, N.C., and Henrico, Va. On its website, the company says it is “coming soon” to Columbia. A restaurant spokesman said he would provide more details, such as the opening date, next week.

The restaurant serves dinner, as well as weekend brunch, with menu items including brick-oven crab cakes served with a pequin chili slaw, micro greens and lemon dressing for $16.50, according to the menu on its website. It also offers a breakfast pizza, made with béchamel, bacon, mozzarella, grana padano and baked eggs for $13.

•  Lexington’s newest Chick-fil-A opens Thursday, which means folks will be lining up and camping out early Wednesday for a chance to win free meals for a year. As is tradition with the opening of every new Chick-fil-A, 100 eligible adults who are in line at 6 a.m. Wednesday – and then camp out for 24 hours – will be given a digital card with 52 free chicken-sandwich meals.

The restaurant at 4295 Sunset Blvd. brings 80 new jobs to the area. The owner operator is Britt Sims, a former marketing director for the chain, who also operates the West Columbia Chick-fil-A.

Patrons also can bring new children’s books for ages 4-9 to be donated to the S.C. Center for Children’s Books and Literacy.

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