Rise & Shine Hospitality Group owner Johan Engman, who has been multiplying his Breakfast Republic brand at a blistering pace since opening the first in 2015, is next expanding the restaurant that started him off on his daytime eats empire. Engman founded Fig Tree Café in 2008 in Pacific Beach, eventually growing into another location in Liberty Station. The Hillcrest outpost of the California eatery, which closed last December, is slated to reopen as a Breakfast Republic next month.
Engman, who also runs the morning-centric Eggies and Breakfast Company, will bring Fig Tree Café to the East Village where it’s replacing Double Standard Kitchenetta at the corner of G Street and Sixth Avenue. The 2,714-square-foot space, which includes a 300-square-foot patio, should be reopening by May 2021. The menu, which offers variations on omelets, eggs Benedicts, French toast, sandwiches, and more, will include Bloody Marys, mimosas, and other brunch cocktails.
Urban Strategies Group represented the landlord and tenant on the lease.