San Diego’s fastest-growing, non-franchised breakfast eatery, Breakfast Republic, has grown exponentially since the opening of its first location in 2015, boasting now seven locations around San Diego, and more slated to arrive in the coming year in both San Diego and Orange County.
Best known for their quirky décor including egg-shaped waiting-area chairs, light fixtures made from whisks, and “punny” pop culture references, Breakfast Republic offers innovative spins on traditional morning fare. Hungry visitors can gorge on creative menu items, such as Oreo Cookie Pancakes, Shrimp & Ricotta Frittatas and glorious Mashed Potato Omelets, along with an eye-opening list of breakfast cocktails.
Plans for Breakfast Republic’s expansion into Orange County include multiple cities, all ready to hatch in 2019. Irvine will be the first location to open, positioned across the street from the UC Irvine campus. Later in 2019, another spot will pop up in the neighboring city of Costa Mesa. Both new Orange County Breakfast Republics will launch in Winter 2019 and Spring 2019, respectively.
Breakfast Republic is among three restaurant concepts under the San Diego-based Rise & Shine Restaurant Group consortium, the other two being Fig Tree Café, with three locations in San Diego, and El Jardin, an elevated Mexican eatery. Rise & Shine’s owner, Johan Engman, has become a local icon and industry pioneer, with his travel-inspired innovations and undying hunger for fresh culinary explorations.
Engman has plans for several new concepts over the next year. Opening this winter will be a brand called North Park Breakfast Company, located down the street from his first Breakfast Republic, to meet the high demand for breakfast spots in the area. In other neighborhoods, he’ll be opening a quick-service breakfast concept called Eggies. The restaurant will operate out of a shipping container, serving a condensed menu of coffee options, egg sandwiches, and a few other breakfast treats. By the end of 2019, Engman also plans to open an Italian restaurant called NorPa in a space located next door to his North Park Breakfast Republic.
Between his business-savvy prowess and industry knowledge, Engman has garnered deserved notoriety in San Diego’s rich culinary community. From being recognized as one of San Diego Business Journal‘s Next Top Leaders Under 40, to Breakfast Republic being named one of Restaurant Hospitality‘s Hot Concepts of 2018, Engman continues to persevere and thrive in the notoriously competitive restaurant industry.