50 Eggs Restaurant Group
50 Eggs Restaurant Group is a restaurant development and management company operating multiple restaurant concepts, from full service to fast-casual. Founded by industry veteran John Kunkel, 50 Eggs Restaurant Group operates Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, a popular fast-casual Mexican concept known for its signature blend of fresh, mouth-watering Mexican dishes, dynamic ambiance, stylized interiors and scrupulous service. Currently, there are 12 Lime locations, another 7 opening in 2011 and expansion plans for an additional 200 throughout the Southeast United States. 50 Eggs Restaurant Group also operates Yardbird Southern Table and Bar in Miami Beach, a chef- driven neighborhood dining concept opening in the Fall of 2011 which will feature the best of traditional Southern comfort cuisine, executed and infused with modern technique.
What do you think will be the biggest industry trend in 2011?
From what I’ve witnessed firsthand, the biggest trend in the restaurant industry seems to be the shift towards smaller restaurant space to take advantage of better real estate and lower operating costs. As I travel and scout new locations for Lime throughout Florida and along the Southeast United States, I find that I am no longer competing for real estate with only other Fast Casual concepts, rather, I’m also competing with casual dining concepts that used to traditionally operate in double the square footage.
What issue would you most like to see positively addressed by Florida’s legislature?
Healthcare, healthcare, healthcare!
What is the single greatest factor in the success of your business?
Surround yourself with great people and implement systems from your first store.
How has participation in FRLA positively affected your business?
Participating in FRLA has been a great opportunity to meet and learn best practices from some of the leaders in Florida’s hospitality industry.
Is there anything you would like to share with Florida’s hospitality industry members?
As difficult as it is sometimes, get out of the four walls and participate in your community through local charities - it is rewarding professionally and personally.
How has your business strategy changed over the last few years?
It hasn’t - we are still pushing for perfection everyday and trying to provide a quality dining experience at a great value.