North Park Breakfast Company Finally Opens After Nearly Three Years In The Making

May 24, 2019

It's been a long time coming, but the owner of Breakfast Republic has finally opened North Park Breakfast Company, another breakfast restaurant from San Diego's top producer of morning-centric eateries.

Sweden native Johan Engman entered the breakfast game with his first Fig Tree Cafe in Pacific Beach in 2008, Since then, his Rise & Shine Restaurant Group opened two additional Fig Tree locations (Hillcrest & Liberty Station) and packs the house at seven branches of his Breakfast Republic concept (North Park, Ocean Beach, East Village, Encinitas, Liberty Station, Carmel Valley and Pacific Beach). The 8th Breakfast Republic was previously slated to open last May inside The Shoppes at Carlsbad, but that branch is no longer listed on the company's website. Four more BR outposts are allegedly in the works for Hillcrest, Mission Valley, Costa Mesa, and Irvine, CA.

After nearly 3 years of development, North Park Break has finally unveiled. Now open daily from 7am-3pm, the 2,125 square-foot restaurant includes ample seating options, a full bar with cocktails, and a second story patio. Expect a menu featuring breakfast dishes ranging from omelets to pancakes, Benedicts to French toast, and everything in between.

Rise & Shine also owns and operates Liberty Station's El Jardin, which opened last summer and recently received a glowing New York Times review despite less-than-stellar marks on online sites like Yelp and Google. The company has several other projects in the works, including a new morning concept named Eggies, which will be a fast-casual line of walk-up eateries operating out of converted shipping containers installed near three of San Diego’s busiest Breakfast Republic locations. More previously announced but unfinished projects by Rise & Shine include from-scratch Italian kitchen previously dubbed Pizza Republic (then NorPa Kitchen) in North Park and Feast & Fareway at Coronado Municipal Golf Course. Amidst juggling numerous new projects, Rise & Shine pulled the plug on its casual Mexican restaurants in Carmel Valley last year after only 4 months in business. Casa Rústica closed its doors after a short run in October 2018 and sister concept California Taco Club was announced but never opened.

North Park Breakfast Company is located at 3131 University Avenue in San Diego's North Park community. For more information, visit and peruse the menu below.