The fast growing breakfast-lunch chain Sunny Street Cafe has signed a 40-store development agreement for Texas with Cafe Management Systems, marking Sunny Street Cafe’s most aggressive statewide expansion effort to date.
The restaurant chain has tapped industry veteran Robert Andersen to grow the brand in Texas over the next 10 years. Currently, two to four new restaurants are slated to open in the next 12 months in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area under Andersen’s management. Target development areas include Tarrant, Collin, Denton and Dallas counties.
“Sunny Street Cafe has tremendous growth potential in Texas, and Robert is the right individual to fast track development of the brand in the state,” said Scott Moffitt, president of Sunny Street Cafe. “He has achieved remarkable franchise system growth results with other brands and has a proven track record in launching emerging restaurant concepts.”
Andersen’s company Cafe Management Systems, which has exclusive Sunny Street Cafe rights in Texas, will be responsible for all day-to-day operations and marketing support for existing and new restaurants in Texas. He also will recruit qualified multi-unit developers and single-unit franchisees to open additional restaurants in Houston, San Antonio and Austin as well as Dallas/Ft. Worth.
In addition to Cafe Management Systems, Andersen is the CEO and founder of Jackhammer Franchise Development Company, which provides sales and development expertise for emerging restaurant concepts. He has helped successfully launch the franchise programs for Boston Pizza, Cowboy Chicken, MOOYAH Burgers & Fries and Twin Peaks Restaurant chains. He is also the president and owner of Vesta Restaurant Group, a restaurant development and operations company, which operates Cowboy Chicken restaurants in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
“Breakfast/lunch is a fast growing segment, and Texas is underserved in that day part,” Andersen said. “Sunny Street Cafe offers fabulous fresh food, superior customer service and a focus on the local community.”
The chain features signature dishes, such as “big as the plate” Buttermilk Pancakes, Stuffed Biscuits and Gravy as well as other unique daily offerings like homemade grits and the Tex Mex Omelette. Additional healthy choices include fresh cut fruit, fresh salads and real fruit smoothies.
Community groups and associations also can host semi-private breakfast or lunch meetings or utilize the restaurant’s catering and takeout menu.
“Full-service catering is a natural extension for us, and it helps boost our restaurant sales,” said Moffitt. “Our franchise also offers attractive work hours for owners, managers and employees. You can enjoy a successful business and also have time to enjoy family and friends and to give back to the community.”
Sunny Street Cafe targets locations in suburban retail strip centers, anchored by grocery stores in new developments. New restaurants are approximately 3,500 square feet to accommodate heavy weekend crowds. Currently, there are four Texas locations in Murphy, The Woodlands, Haltom City and North Richland Hills.
Sunny Street Cafe operates 14 franchised locations in Ohio, Texas and Missouri. Ohio and Texas locations are open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Missouri locations are open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Restaurants feature a wide variety of breakfast and lunch fare, including “big as the plate” Buttermilk Pancakes, “create your own” Omelette, Stuffed Biscuits and Gravy, Half Pound Black Angus Burgers, Monterey Ranch Chicken Wrap, Buffalo Chicken Salad and a quiche of the day. Restaurants also offer takeout, catering and special event hosting. Franchise opportunities are currently available for both first-time owners and existing franchise owner/operators and developers. For more information, visit www.sunnystreetcafe.com.