By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Glendale Star Executive Editor.
When the Over Easy ownership team opened its Surprise store, it was stunned by the West Valley’s growth.
“When we first ventured out west, we were surprised at how fast everything was growing there,” co-owner Ryan Field said.The owners are furthering its cause by expanding its breakfast and brunch brand to Glendale later this summer. A Peoria store at Happy Valley Road and Lake Pleasant Parkway is coming next year. The Glendale store is a new prototype, he said. The building will be a little larger than existing units. “It will have a full inside-outside bar, an outdoor dining area, an open kitchen, and a combination of flex seating and booth seating,” he said.
Over Easy serves a variety of dishes ranging from the creative (waffle dogs) to the traditional (stacks of pancakes). “The waffle dogs are what made us famous,” the Red Mountain High School graduate said. “It’s a sausage link in waffle batter, deep fried, with hot sauce and maple syrup. You can get it as a single or a trio. We call it the breakfast appetizer.”
Over Easy has been featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” “Best Thing I Ever Ate,” and Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise.”
Just as important as the food is giving back to the community. Throughout April, Over Easy is raising funds for the United Food Bank for the third annual Dollars for a Dozen event.
At the restaurant, guests can donate $1 or more to United Food Bank. Over Easy will then match every donation. In addition, every dollar raised will contribute to a dozen eggs delivered to the United Food Bank by Shamrock Farms.
“We are thrilled to be teaming up with Shamrock Farms this year for our third annual fundraiser with United Food Bank,” said Brian Terpay, chief operating officer of Over Easy. “We are passionate about the work United Food Bank does in the East Valley and Eastern Arizona and are grateful to be able to work side by side with them for a third year.”
In 2022, the annual promotion raised over $18,000 and 9,000 dozen eggs for the United Food Bank.
“United Food Bank is honored to once again be the recipient of this year’s Dollars for a Dozen fundraiser,” said Grace Astor, the director of corporate relations and community engagement at United Food Bank.
“We understand that eggs are in such high demand this year, but the nutritional and protein value they provide can go a long way. We are thankful for the entire community and the teams at Over Easy and Shamrock Farms for their assistance in helping us end hunger insecurity across Arizona.”
Over Easy was founded by friends Ryan and Jared Field, Brian Terpay and Tim Pacatte.
As for Ryan, he started in restaurants at a young age, busing tables for a family friend who owned an eatery in the East Valley. He dabbled in the industry throughout his time at ASU and, after graduation, switched to food and beverage full time.
“It’s been fun a good ride,” he said. “My best friend is one of my business partners, Brian. My brother is a partner. We have a great time. We’re working on a rebranding and starting to roll out some of the ideas that we’ve been working on. We’re going back and starting to remodel the older units. We have a lot of good momentum.”
He chalked up the success to his team.
“I think we have a lot of amazing people who work for us,” he said. “We have low turnover. All the people who are running our restaurants have been here 10-plus years. We continue to promote from within.
“We promote an amazing culture and reinvest into the brand, in terms of technology and going back and refreshing the older units to bring them up to the new look.”