Johan Engman

Founder& Owner
Breakfast Republic


Born and raised in Northern Sweden, Johan came to the United States when he was 16 and entered the restaurant industry as a dishwasher at the age of 17. He moved on to bussing and waiting tables until the age of 27 when he opened his first restaurant, Fig Tree Café, now with three successful locations.
In 2015 Engman opened Breakfast Republic, a breakfast concept with an eclectic and unique menu and a whimsical and brand driven design, in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego and has since expanded it into a five-location chain with two more locations set to open in San Diego in 2017.
Johan operates all his restaurants with his team at Rise & Shine Restaurant Group, which has three more concepts slated to open in the coming 12 months: Pizza Republic, North Park Breakfast Company and El Jardin.


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