Ron Marshall, executive vice president for Mac Haik Realty; Liz Woolridge, director of operations at The Egg & I at Fall Creek; and Matt McKinney, manager, are excited to open the new restaurant to the public this week.
A new hot spot for breakfast and lunch opened March 23 by the entrance to Fall Creek. The Egg & I restaurant is the 35th of its type in the state of Texas.
The restaurant offers breakfast and lunch entrees including standards like waffles, French toast, fruit pancakes, omelets, corned beef hash and eggs, and several types of eggs Benedict, including the “Parisian Benedict," described as “a buttery croissant half layered with smoked ham, sautéed portabella mushrooms and melted Swiss cheese, topped with two poached eggs, creamy hollandaise sauce and fresh green onions.”
The menu also includes huevos rancheros, chile rellenos and other delicacies. For those watching their waistlines, the menu has a section dedicated to “smarter choices," which includes the Chicken Apple Sausage Scramble and a Mediterranean Frittata. Entrees range in price from $6 to $10.
Matt McKinney, manager of the new The Egg & I, said the restaurant will create about 45 new area jobs. The restaurant can accommodate 153 patrons and has a free meeting room, which will accommodate up to 35 people. McKinney said reservations for the meeting room can be made online at meetattheegg.com or by calling the restaurant in advance at 281-458-1414 .
Former Houston Oiler and car dealership owner, Mac Haik, owns the new restaurant, as well as 25 others throughout Texas and a few more in Alabama and Georgia. Ron Marshall, vice president with Mac Haik Realty, said Haik also has a 50 percent stake in the overall The Egg & I franchise, based in Colorado. Haik also owns a hotel and various commercial real estate properties in the Houston area. Marshall noted the startup cost for the new restaurant, including franchise fees, was about $650,000.
Marshall said the atmosphere and food at The Egg & I differentiate the restaurant from other local establishments.
“When you walk in the door, there is a light, pleasant and a welcoming atmosphere and we have excellent execution. If you don’t execute well, I don’t care how good you look, people are not going to come back. You have to have great food, service and atmosphere to succeed, and we do. Our menu is a little higher quality than typical breakfast places, which are primarily based on price, though interestingly, we are pretty much in line with the prices at IHOP. ”
Although the restaurant name brings breakfast to mind, Marshall was quick to point out that their lunch menu is equally strong.
“We have really great lunch items: salads, soups that are fresh daily, sandwiches, a great hamburger. Because of our name, people don’t always think of us for lunch, but our lunch menu is outstanding,” said Marshall.
The Egg & I is located at 9526 N. Sam Houston Parkway and is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.,and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The restaurant also offers free Wi-Fi.
The Fall Creek location is the 116th The Egg & I in the nation. It is located at 9526 N. Sam Houston Pkwy. E., Suite 3120, Humble, 77396.
Founded in 1987, the restaurants are located in 19 states.
For more information or to check out the menu, visit TheEggandIRestaurants.com .