By Emon Reiser – Digital Producer, South Florida Business Journal
Oct 30, 2015, 11:38am Updated Oct 30, 2015, 12:41pm
John Kunkel, CEO and founder of 50 Eggs, Inc., is cooking up another Southern-inspired restaurant concept that will launch soon in South Florida.
His Miami-based company is behind Yardbird in Miami Beach and Las Vegas, and Swine in Coral Gables, and Kunkel's newest eatery, Spring Chicken, will serve up flavors shared from his upscale brands in a fast-casual atmosphere. There are already four locations in the works, the South Florida Business Journal has learned.
"I wanted to make [Spring Chicken] a fun hangout. It will be current and hip, with art installations and a lot of elements inspired by the South," he said.
Spring Chicken's menu will feature Yardbird's fried chicken recipe, along with smoked chicken, grilled chicken sandwiches and salads. Kunkel said the restaurants will also serve milkshakes, fresh juices and other items.
Spring Chicken's announced locations:
- 1439 Alton Road, Miami Beach, opening by January 2016
- 1514 South Dixie Highway, Coral Gables, opening by January 2016
- 2400 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, opening by March 2016
- Miami International Airport, North Terminal, opening by spring 2016
The Miami Beach location happens to be the former site of the first Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, which Kunkel also launched. He closed the store more than a year ago and is no longer involved with the chain, but says he hopes to find similar success with Spring Chicken.
"I always loved that site," Kunkel said. "It's a neat thing that we're able to launch a new concept in that space."
As for the future growth of Spring Chicken, Kunkel says he would like to grow the brand beyond South Florida.
"But the last thing I want to do is create a cookie-cutter concept. I want to create a concept that we can tailor to every neighborhood we open in," he said.
There are currently no plans to franchise Spring Chicken, he added.