Stony Point breakfast joint files for bankruptcy but remains open

Eggspectation franchisee in Richmond files for bankruptcy

The local Eggspectation franchisee recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to a dispute with the corporate office of the Maryland-based breakfast chain. (BizSense file)

A relatively recent arrival to Stony Point Fashion Park has ducked into bankruptcy court as it seeks to resolve a dispute while keeping its doors open.

The local franchise of Eggspectation, a Maryland-based breakfast chain, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week, a little more than a year after it opened at the South Richmond mall.

The filing was spurred by a dispute between the local franchisee and Eggspectation’s franchisor company, though it’s unclear exactly where the two parties don’t see eye to eye. The local franchise entity is MKS Group LLC.

“We have certain disagreements with our franchisor but we hope to resolve them in a business-like manner in the near future,” John Barrett of Virginia Beach-based Allegiant Law, who’s representing MKS, said in an email Thursday.

The bankruptcy filing lists a disputed debt owed to the franchisor of $65,000.

Chapter 11 allows a company to remain in business and keep creditors at bay while reorganizing its finances.

Barrett said the Stony Point Eggspectation location continues to operate as usual as it seeks to reorganize.

“We are open for business right now and will continue to operate into the future,” he said.

Barrett said the plan is to try to settle the matter without the need for a court decision.

Eggspectation’s corporate office didn’t respond to a request for comment.

The Chapter 11 filing lists MKS as having an estimated $1 million to $10 million in assets and an estimated $100,000 to $500,000 in liabilities. It is managed by Vishal Patel, who is also its CEO.

The Eggspectation chain launched in Canada in 1993. It has more than a dozen locations in Canada as well as a Middle East presence. Most of its seven U.S. locations are in the D.C. area, with an eighth U.S. location to open in Maryland, per the company website.

The Stony Point location opened about a year ago. The mall was recently listed for sale.

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Brian Glass
Brian Glass
24 days ago

I don’t know the dynamics of the Franchisee/Franchisor relationship here, but the franchisor should have never blessed this location. Why did they think that this operation could out perform Panera Bread or Starbucks, who both left Stony Point?

The Franchise and the Franchisor should have done their homework before signing a lease at a failing mall, with limited traffic at any time of the day, moreover for breakfast!

Michael Dodson
Michael Dodson
24 days ago
Reply to  Brian Glass

Well Brian someone also filed bankruptcy of $65,000 franchise dispute. Legal fees will be twice that amount when it is done. Franchisor is probably thinking what you said on the site and the franchisee right about now.

karl hott
karl hott
20 days ago

While I don’t disagree with the prior 2 comments, Latitudes Seafood is doing quite well just across from Eggspectation. Just sayin’