Breakfast franchise will take former Matt’s Chicago Dog space in Cornelius

The Mendoza’s will open Eggs Up Grill

Sept. 20. Eggs Up Grill will open early next year in Turnberry Place at One Norman and West Catawba. Husband-and-wife team Chris and Sofia Mendoza and business partner Alfonso Segura say the 2,500 square foot restaurant will occupy the old Matt’s Chicago Dog space.

They will have indoor seating for 94, plus an outdoor patio for 32.

The restaurant will be open seven days a week from 6 am to 2 pm, with dine-in, online ordering, takeout, catering and delivery options available.

Family affair

“We didn’t just want to own a business, but rather we wanted to do something that is meaningful,” Chris Mendoza said. “There isn’t anything like Eggs Up Grill, and we know it will allow us, along with our two young daughters, to be out in the community volunteering our time and making a difference.”

Foodie background 

Mendoza began his restaurant career with Yum Brands. He spent another14 years under the Taco Bell umbrella.


—Eggs Up Grill offers seasonal items and its full menu for dine-in or order online for takeout or delivery. Menu categories include omelets and benedicts prepared with fresh, hand-cracked eggs, pancakes, waffles, and breakfast sandwiches as well as a selection of mimosas. Lunch choices include burgers, sandwiches, melts, salads and bowls. The menu also offers gluten-friendly options and a kids’ menu. The full menu is available from open to close.

—The Mendozas will hire approximately 35 employees and will begin conducting interviews later this year. Apply:

Eggs Up Grill is ranked as the No. 1 breakfast franchise by Entrepreneur magazine.


3 Responses to “Breakfast franchise will take former Matt’s Chicago Dog space in Cornelius”

  1. Cornelius has needed a good breakfast place. Glad to hear this! I like the ones at the beach.

    Posted by Gail Williams | September 20, 2022, 11:52 am
  2. Waffle House replacement?

    Posted by James | September 20, 2022, 3:27 pm
  3. Glad to see good use of the space and another local business. For those who don’t want to wait, his description matches The Egg at Davidson, my personal favorite and one of my top 10 breakfast spots in the nation (I am 67 and I know breakfast).
    Two breakfasts out each week will be great. The Egg’s Fiesta Benedict is your competion!

    Posted by Chuck Yorks | September 22, 2022, 9:17 am

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