Sunny Street Café Franchise Information

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Sunny Street Café was started by a dad. And is run today by his daughter and two sons. It was created for good people who love feel-good food in a comfortable place.

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  • About Sunny Street Café®
  • Why Sunny Street Café? Why Now?
  • What Sets Sunny Street Café Apart
  • Why the Breakfast Category?

This franchise is offered only by our delivery of a franchise disclosure document to you in compliance with the Federal Trade Commission’s rule on franchising and various state and provincial/territorial franchise sales laws. Franchise offerings cannot be made by us, or on our behalf, in any state unless we are registered, exempt or otherwise qualified to offer franchises in that state.

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Sunny Street Café® is a family-owned and operated breakfast and lunch concept founded by Mike Stasko Sr. that opened its flagship restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. The restaurant began as Peaches in Bradenton, Florida, and was discovered by Mr. Stasko in 2006. He loved the idea of a home-style Americana restaurant and decided to purchase the franchise. Stasko moved the restaurant to Columbus, Ohio, and changed the name to Rise & Dine. After a few short years, Stasko rebranded for a final time, creating what is now known as Sunny Street Café. Above all else, Stasko wanted the opportunity to work with his family, and with his own restaurant, he was now able to do just that. Since opening their doors, family has been a key component to the way Sunny Street Café operates, as it has also become a staple in the communities it’s part of. To learn more about Sunny Street Café, visit

Sunny Street Café is made up of 10 corporate-owned units and 12 franchise locations. Across 2023, the brand saw record growth and reported double-digit increases in sales. All of their franchisees are currently turning profits and a handful of them are currently looking to add another location. They’re a growing concept and because of that, they have support processes in place to help new franchisees run a successful business.

Sunny Street Café currently has restaurants in Ohio, Missouri, Texas, Illinois and Alabama. The brand is looking to grow in its current markets and potentially expand into the South and Southeast, specifically in the Tampa, Florida, area. By the end of 2024, they’re looking to sell between two to three franchises.

Sunny Street Café is not only family-owned, but they’re also community-driven. The brand plays a valuable part in the communities it’s a part of by providing a friendly atmosphere for family get-togethers, business meetings and the weekend brunch crowds.

All of their food is handmade from scratch using fresh ingredients. They also believe in maintaining a work and life balance, and that’s reflected in the restaurant’s 6:30 am to 2:30 pm hours of operation. They want their employees to be satisfied with their work, while also being able to be involved with their families and community.


The breakfast category has been growing in popularity recently, and with that, so has the success of places like Sunny Street Café. They’ve been expanding for more than 15 years, and as a result, so has their customer base. Before the breakfast market became as saturated as it is today, it was an underrepresented category, and Sunny Street Café has been around long enough to fixate on delivering high-quality food with friendly and welcoming service.


Executive Q&A

Executive Q&A: Sunny Street Café President Mike Stasko Jr.

Stasko spoke with 1851 Franchise to share more about the history of this better breakfast franchise, the challenges it has overcome in recent years and its plans for the future. 

1851 Franchise: How did Sunny Street Café get to where it is today?

Mike Stasko Jr., President of Sunny Street Café: We were founded in 2007, originally born from a restaurant concept called Peaches in Florida. My father, who has over 30 years of experience in the restaurant equipment business, encouraged the family to enter the restaurant industry. The challenge, however, is significant with long hours and late nights, which can really impact your lifestyle. When he discovered the opportunity with Peaches, he persuaded me and my family to get involved. Initially, we only operated in Ohio but soon realized we had something special. We acquired the concept, rebranded it to Sunny Street Café early on, and took off from there.

It's been an exciting journey, and I anticipate more thrilling developments ahead. This is particularly appealing for someone aspiring to be an entrepreneur or who is passionate about the restaurant industry. We recognized early that our culture centers on family, a specific lifestyle and opportunities to enjoy life outside of work. The breakfast and lunch hours, running from 6:30 AM to 2:30 PM, create a perfect scenario where even on challenging days, work ends by 3 PM. This schedule allows for a life beyond work, benefiting everyone from management to hourly workers. 

This advantage is evident in several positive aspects, such as employee retention. For instance, our employees can attend evening classes, manage a second job or pick up their children after work. Our turnover rate is lower compared to the industry standard because our employees enjoy a lifestyle that offers them time outside the conventional late-night hours. We're proud to have team members who have been with us for over 15 years, which says a lot about our culture.

1851 Franchise: In particular, how have the past few years been for the brand?

Stasko: The COVID period presented significant challenges for all restaurants, which pushed operators and franchisors to improve. If adjustments weren't made, survival was unlikely. We emerged from COVID as better operators — our menu was streamlined and we refocused on our strengths. As a result, we've experienced two consecutive years of double-digit sales growth, proving our business model is both successful and replicable. 

We have spent the past few years enhancing our advertising efforts, which we hadn't emphasized previously. Specifically, we were known for our pancakes, a highly profitable category. Although popular among customers, we hadn't highlighted them adequately. Next month, we plan to revamp our menu to feature pancakes prominently, introducing some exceptional and exciting new items.

1851 Franchise: What do you perceive as the difference between the steady growth you’re seeing now and the potential for explosive growth?

Stasko: Our growth strategy has been intentional. We own 10 out of the 22 operating restaurants, so our decisions benefit both the system and our individual locations. 

We're very hands-on with decisions about build-outs, remodels, new menus and equipment because we understand the direct impact these decisions have at the store level. Our franchisees, who have been with us for a long time, are quick to provide feedback, and they have a direct line to us. This two-way communication ensures that the decisions we make affect us just as much as them. We're not simply imposing costly ideas from the top down without bearing any of the costs ourselves. This approach prevents the kind of disconnect that can occur in other franchise systems and helps maintain a healthy relationship between franchisor and franchisee.

1851 Franchise: Would you say listening is a big part of that strategy?

Stasko: Definitely. People primarily want to be heard. As we start conversations with those interested in our concept, the entrepreneurial spirit shines through — having input on the brand’s direction is crucial. Unlike some businesses where the process is rigid, our approach as a family-owned company is to actively involve our franchisees. Their feedback on everything from menu items to design has been invaluable. This level of engagement is unique and I believe it’s a strong selling point.

1851 Franchise: What's your dream now for where this brand goes in the future?

Stasko: Looking ahead, we see this as just the beginning. With controlled growth, particularly in an underserved segment, our goal is to expand thoughtfully with the right partners who reflect our cultural values and engagement in the franchise system. This growth will be both through franchising and company-operated locations. 

1851 Franchise: On the reverse side: What about fear? What's your fear with the business?

Stasko: Addressing challenges is always part of the equation. Recently, food costs and labor were major concerns due to external market factors, but we've adapted well. Managing labor effectively, especially in the current climate, is crucial. We focus on operational efficiencies and retaining staff to ensure service quality while managing costs, which have remained low. Our operational model benefits from a one-shift staffing system, for example, which is pretty atypical. 

Our menu, designed for execution at the hourly level without the need for head chefs, also balances simplicity with “wow” items. This approach ensures both quality and ease of replication across locations. In general, our adaptability helps us manage without constant fear.

1851 Franchise: How about innovation? Are there any possibilities of a mobile Sunny Street Café trailer truck or anything like that?

Stasko: Yes, we’ve played around with ideas like the trailer truck concept. It's part of exploring diverse avenues for expansion and bringing our unique offerings to a broader audience. 

Another successful initiative has been our catering service. Despite the cost of maintaining a location 24/7, catering has become a valuable third revenue stream. We've utilized our existing menu to facilitate catering without significant additional costs, mainly just some extra paper goods. We've designed the service to be simple to implement, leveraging our existing operations and menu. 

Interestingly, breakfast catering — including hot breakfasts and boxed lunches — really gained popularity post-pandemic due to health safety concerns. This has significantly boosted our business, reflecting a strong market demand and proving to be a great asset.

1851 Franchise: Overall, what do you want prospective franchisees to know about Sunny Street Café? Why is this an exciting franchise right now?

Stasko: For anyone on the fence about franchising, especially those new to the restaurant industry or looking to expand their portfolio, our brand offers a compelling opportunity. Our most successful franchisees often had no prior restaurant experience. They simply had a strong entrepreneurial drive. We’ve simplified our operations to support those new franchisees who are unfamiliar with the industry. If you’re looking to join a business that values personal connection and has a track record of building wealth for families, Sunny Street could be the right choice.

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