Sunny Street Café Expanding in Hot Texas Market
Sunny Street Café is shining bright in the Lone Star State.
The all-day breakfast, brunch, and lunch brand is expanding its Texas presence, recently opening three locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The new additions, in Little Elm, North Dallas, and Roanoke, doubles the number of chef-driven, neighborhood Sunny Street Café restaurants in one of the hottest markets in the country.
“Our newest North Texas locations are building on the success of our existing franchise base and incredible brand momentum as we enter the next phase of growth,” notes Mike Stasko, vice president of brand strategy for the Columbus, Ohio-based chain. “We see huge potential as we continue development planning for 25 stores throughout the thriving Dallas-Fort Worth area.”
Sunny Street Café’s most recent expansion is part of a development agreement signed in 2017 to grow the family friendly brand as a bright spot for homestyle breakfast and lunch in key Dallas and Fort Worth area markets. In the coming months, the chain expects to open three additional franchised locations in Willow Park, situated just west of Fort Worth, and the burgeoning Dallas suburbs of Coppell and Allen.
The new restaurants feature Sunny Street Café’s recently launched modern design, with a large community table, private meeting room, and updated décor. Behind the scenes, updates include a streamlined kitchen and separate prep station to support the fast casual brand's burgeoning catering business.
“Our new prototype has been a big win,” Stasko says. “Our customers love the design and décor, which has also improved efficiency. We are putting out food more quickly with a streamlined kitchen layout, which also enables us to easily handle large parties and groups with added private banquet rooms, as well as accommodate individual diners at the breakfast counter and community table.”
Creative twists on the menu have also been added, such as nitro cold brew coffee, fresh squeezed juices, and regional dishes, featuring Carnitas and hand-bread chicken fried steak, adds Stasko. Everything is made to order and made fresh, from the homemade salsa to the perfectly whipped scrambled eggs.
Each Sunny Street Café also seeks unique ways to connect with communities. As part of the grand opening month of Sunny Street Café in the northern Dallas suburb of Little Elm, the restaurant collected donations and canned goods for Lovepacs. The nonprofit engages with school districts throughout Texas to provide boxes of food to families in need over long weekends and extended school breaks.
Staskso says the brand has enjoyed a warm welcome with strong openings at all three new Dallas-Fort Worth locations.
“We are so excited to be part of these communities,” says Stasko. “My favorite part of opening a new restaurant is the chance to meet everyone and really get to know the people in the places we serve. We’re known for really warm service and treating our guests as if they are family.”
Sunny Street Café restaurants feature a wide variety of breakfast and lunch fare, including signature dishes such as “big as the plate” Buttermilk Pancakes, Stuffed Biscuits and Gravy, Tex-Mex Omelet, Southwest Turkey Club, Buffalo Chicken Salad, homemade soups, fresh fruit, and made-from-scratch muffins.
With 21 franchised locations in Ohio, Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Alabama, and Edmonton, Alberta, Sunny Street Café is gearing up to bring the brand’s seasonal specialties to neighborhoods nationwide with expansion from first-time owners and existing operators. The chain is also vetting offers for multi-unit development deals from prospective investors attracted to the brand's emerging presence as welcoming destination for fresh, wholesome food and friendly service.
“We expect to double the size of Sunny Street Café over the next three years,” Stasko says.