Toast Café, a North Carolina-based chain that specializes in gourmet breakfasts, is looking at opening three to five restaurants in New Orleans and two to three locations in Baton Rouge.

Co-founder and CEO Robert Maynard said the company will enter the two markets through franchises. “We’re a big fan of having someone local to run the restaurants,” Maynard said. “Baton Rouge and New Orleans are great places we would be willing to open up ourselves.”

Maynard hopes to have the first Baton Rouge and New Orleans restaurants open in 18 to 24 months. Toast Café is eying several potential locations in both cities, such as the CBD and the Garden District in New Orleans, and downtown Baton Rouge and the area near LSU.

Toast Café opened in 2005 and it has won awards from Charlotte Magazine for having the best breakfast in the North Carolina city. “We offer a great breakfast on steroids,” Maynard said, citing unique dishes such as peanut butter and jelly pancakes and scrambled eggs with meatballs. The chain is open for breakfast and lunch and has a full bar.