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Hamburger & Eggs LLC

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Hamburger & Eggs LLC

Background Information

Employment History

Head Golf Professional

Valhalla Golf Club

PGA General Manager

Cardinal Club

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Chris Hamburger knows both sides of that equation.

The former golf pro - at both Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville and the Cardinal Club (which has been renamed University of Louisville Golf Club) in Simpsonville - had long been looking for some kind of a business venture. While general manager at the Cardinal Club, he ran the food and beverage service and knew that as well-run as the club's restaurant looked, there was furious paddling going on beneath the calm surface.
Still, failure rate and furious paddling notwithstanding, when a food franchising opportunity opened up, Hamburger did his homework and his due diligence, and grabbed it.
Not only did Chris have the Cardinal Club food-and-beverage experience, but also Laura has been in the food service business ever since graduating from Indiana University in 2004 with a business and marketing degree. She could identify a good deal with a considerable upside. So this was much more than a "hey, let's open a restaurant" notion.
"I liked the Wild Eggs concept because I'd seen the success of the other locations," Chris said. Wild Eggs had opened three additional restaurants since its 2007 debut on Dutchmans Lane in St. Matthews' medical center neighborhood: in Westport Village; downtown on South Floyd Street; and on South English Station Road in the Lake Forest area.
"We have people covered from early morning, through lunch and dinner to evening indulgence," Chris quipped.
In fact, said Chris, people in the area have been clamoring for a Wild Eggs.
The Wild Eggs crowd is diverse, said Chris. "Wild Eggs appeals to young and old, teens, couples and families, nurses after a shift in the hospital, businessmen on their way to work - anyone who eats breakfast."
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So convinced are Laura and Chris that they've acquired the exclusive options for Wild Eggs in two Kentucky ZIP codes - 40241 (east of Louisville, along I-71 and I-265) and 40299 (the Jeffersontown area, then south and east past 265).
"Plus," Chris explained, "they evaluate whether the site itself fits the Wild Eggs footprint. There's no way to measure that. It's just eyeball experience. That's one of the ways in which this franchisor is so valuable."
The idea of owning a Wild Eggs wasn't just a sudden lightning bolt for Chris. He had known Kelly Meyers, wife of Wild Eggs co-founder JD Rothberg, since she was the golf coach at the University of Louisville. He and Laura had attended the friends-and-family opening in 2007 of the debut Dutchmans Lane location. The idea had been percolating in his mind ever since.
"I told them early on, 'When you guys start to franchise, I'd love to have a conversation with you,' " Chris recalled. "They probably thought I was kidding."
Though they both know the rigors of running a restaurant, Laura and Chris see this new enterprise as much more family-friendly than Chris' golf pro work.
"We have three young girls (Jocelyn is 8, Charlotte is 5 and Caroline is 2½), and Chris would be at the club until the sun went down," Laura said.

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Chris Hamburger, Head Professional - Director of Grounds Maintenance

The Cardinal Club

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