Voted Jacksonville’s “Best Kept Secret,” Grumpy’s Restaurant isn’t planning on staying a secret much longer. With business booming at their flagship location in Orange Park, and two more developments in St. Johns and Middleburg, the traditional Americana diner is looking to St. Augustine next as a part of their regional growth efforts.
The no-nonsense full-service restaurant, serving diner classics as well as innovative menu items, has been serving the Jacksonville community since 1999 and has just recently launched its highly-anticipated franchise opportunity. The brand believes the St. Augustine market can comfortably hold two to three Grumpy’s locations in addition to the nearby developments already in place.
“We decided to look into St. Augustine because it has a rich history and a great atmosphere that draws in natives and tourists alike,” says CEO and president Daniel DeLeon. “We would love to get to know the community and serve the locals while also introducing our brand to fresh faces visiting the area.”
Grumpy’s was recently voted Jacksonville’s “Best Overall Restaurant” for the second year in a row, “Best Breakfast,” “Best Place to Work,” and “Best Kept Secret” by the Florida Times-Union. DeLeon was also awarded “Mover & Shaker of the Year,” beating fellow nominee and Jacksonville Jaguars owner, Shahid Kahn.
Grumpy’s Restaurant was born out of passion and love for bringing family and friends together over great diner food. Their commitment and mission are to deliver the highest quality dining experience at an affordable price for families everywhere. Menu items are fresh, made to order and always made from scratch. Grumpy’s offers an array of daily and weekly chalk board specials which include a variety of sandwiches, homemade soups, salads, signature coffee, fresh squeezed juices, homemade hot chocolate and desserts.
After a successful career as a multi-unit franchisee for various restaurant concepts and large franchisor representative, DeLeon has developed and launched Grumpy’s as a franchise opportunity. They are looking for local franchisees that have the same passion and grit as “Grumpy.” The restaurant is committed to serving its community, especially local veterans, and Grumpy’s prides itself on the staff’s sweet southern hospitality while serving a hungry person’s portion at a working-class price.
“Our flagship location has become a gathering place for friends and families,” adds DeLeon. “We are excited to expand our reach and get to bring the taste and culture of Jacksonville to new communities.”