Con Huevos, the popular Frankfort Avenue breakfast and lunch restaurant, is growing, and in more ways than one.
Co-owner Izmene Peredo told Insider that she and her husband, Jesus Martinez, planned to open a 100-seat location in Holiday Manor in late March. But that’s not all, Con Huevos’ flagship store at 2339 Frankfort Ave., which only seats 25, is expanding, allowing them to nearly triple their seating capacity.
From the get-go, Con Huevos was never meant to be a one-off restaurant. The couple, both Mexico natives with marketing backgrounds, crafted a plan that include five locations in five years. While life events, including the birth of their son, delayed their timeline, Peredo said the plan remains the same, and Holiday Manor is the next step.
The roughly 3,000-square-foot store will allow Con Huevos to serve more customers, eliminate some of the waits and serve East End residents. The store in Holiday Manor will be situated between Moore Jewelry and the AT&T store.
Peredo said they’ve done their market research and “think it’s a good location.” The center also is home to Mojito Tapas Restaurant and the future Grassa Gramma.
The new location will serve the same menu with locally sourced ingredients and keep the same hours: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the week and 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekends. However, there will be one menu difference — the Holiday Manor spot will serve Mexican cocktails.
“Our principal goal is going to be keeping the quality and consistency that we have here,” Peredo said, adding that chef Paco Garcia will manage both kitchens, and Con Huevos will hire 30 to 40 employees in addition to its current 10.
The new restaurant also will have a similar modern Mexican design with pops of bright color and lots of wood. Peredo and Martinez expect to spend more than $500,000 to build out the space.
Once it opens, the focus will shift to the Frankfort Avenue store, Peredo said. Since opening, the restaurant has maintained a high rating on Yelp, but many commenters note that the space is small and customers should prepare to wait during peak times.
Now, the restaurant plans to expand into the former flower shop next door. The additional space will allow Con Huevos to seat about 65 customers total up from 25 now and make its bar larger.
“Right now, we are very focused on Holiday Manor, but we know it’s a big opportunity for us,” she said.
The Frankfort Avenue location will have to close for a time for renovations, though there is no set closing date. Peredo said she hopes it will reopen by the Kentucky Derby.