Sarah Van Buskirk
The Eggsactly restaurant in downtown La Verne launched near the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and has successfully remained open during the past year’s economic crisis.
Eggsactly is a breakfast restaurant with the emphasis on gourmet breakfast sandwiches.
Nicole Martinez, a manager at Eggsactly, describes the menu as a little taste of everything, ranging from the Spanish chile verde to the brisket they smoke in house.
“The menu was created to put a spin on your classic breakfast sandwiches,” she said.
Martinez said since opening back up with the outdoor dining option, people are eager to get out of their house to try something new, different and quick.
“Here at Eggsactly, we provide something that is delicious, that you can get right away, and something that you will enjoy,” Martinez said.
Operating a small business during the pandemic has been a difficult thing; opening up a restaurant in the middle of it seems even more difficult.
Lawren Markle, a Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation board member, said the impact on small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic depends on the type of business provided.
Markle said that nail salons and barber shops have not been successful due to their inability to open outdoors. Yet some restaurants have been able to adjust and make it work.
Eggsactly is doing just that with their outdoor dining that makes customers feel comfortable and safe. Martinez said the tables are socially distanced and they sanitize frequently.
She said the restaurant’s regular customers, who have been La Verne residents for many years, are the main reason they have been staying alive during the pandemic.
“It is the homey feel for them that keeps them coming back,” Martinez said.
Markle said he is hopeful for not only restaurants but all small businesses to return to normal with the restrictions lifting, COVID-19 cases declining and the vaccination rate increasing.
Additionally, Markle said the Paycheck Protection Program loan program has been extended through May 31, allowing businesses who have suffered the most to hang on for a little longer.
Michael Dee, a customer at Eggsactly, said that he feels very safe when eating at the restaurant.
“The tables are far enough distanced from each other and they make sure everything is properly cleaned,” Dee said.
He said that the outdoor dining vibe is inviting and allows him to sit down and socialize with his friends for hours.
Jeanette Perez, another regular customer, said there are not a lot of quick breakfast places in town with the quality of Eggsactly.
“The vibe of the restaurant was welcoming and the staff is so friendly. The outside seating was relaxing for a quick breakfast sandwich and cup of coffee,” she said.
Perez said she recommends the restaurant to anyone who enjoys unique breakfast sandwiches.
Eggsactly’s sandwich prices start at $8 and their baked goods start at $3.
Eggsactly is open from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily and it is located on 2079 Bonita Ave. in downtown La Verne, adjacent to Chase’s.
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