Eggs Up Grill, a chain of franchised breakfast and lunch restaurants located throughout the South, has named a new chief executive officer – restaurant industry veteran Ricky Richardson – as the company embarks on an aggressive growth plan under new ownership. WJ Partners, a Spartanburg, S.C.-based private investment firm, purchased the company in March 2018.
Richardson brings more than 35 years of multi-unit and franchise operations experience to his new role, including more than 20 years with TGI Fridays. He most recently served as president and chief operating officer of Fridays USA, overseeing more than 500 restaurants. In addition to other various senior management roles at TGI Fridays, Richardson’s prior experience includes heading up operations for Carlson Restaurant Group Worldwide’s acquisition of California-based fast-casual concept Pick Up Stix. He spent the first 11 years of his career serving in a variety of roles for the Black-eyed Pea restaurant chain, then led all restaurant operations for the Florida franchisee of that founder-led, homestyle Southern concept.
“I’m excited to join an organization with a successful history and so much future potential,” said Richardson. “Eggs Up Grill is built on a foundation of not just great food, but also a fantastic, values-driven service culture that really connects with the communities we serve. And, as a breakfast and lunch concept, our restaurants’ hours enable our franchise partners to enjoy more family and community time, which really resonates with the owner/operators we’re targeting.”
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