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Golf pro, Tony Milam and his wife Danielle have become the new owners of Sunny Street Cafe located in The Shops at Grist Mill, 7531 Crile Road in Concord Township.

The couple, who are also Concord residents, took ownership of the business on May 1. They had looked for some time for a business to invest in.

“We have been in search of a good investment that we could control for some time, and it has been difficult to find something that met all the criteria we were looking for,” Tony Milam said. “We found it in Sunny Street. It’s something close to our home and right in our neighborhood. We think we found a special gem here.”

Milam, a golf pro for 35 years and a member of PGA America for a quarter of a century, is also the founder and chairman of the North Coast Junior Golf Tour. And he still enjoys playing competitive golf.

“It’s been a successful thing for a long time…, but now we have kind of started a new venture,” he said.

Milam said he found an excellent team that provides excellent service at the restaurant.

Milam has been around the hospitality industry for years, and he says he has always had a taste for what hospitality is.

 

New owners Tony Milam and his wife Danielle made a few upgrades to the patio of Sunny Street Cafe in Concord Township.

 

“It all goes back to customer service and putting out a good product,” he said. “You usually have a pretty successful business by doing that.”

Milam feels the first month of his owning the business has been excellent.

“We have a strong, loyal customer base,” he said. “We draw a lot of people on the weekends from the parties that go to church and stop in after for brunches or breakfasts afterward, and we bring from the business side during lunches throughout the week.

“We have a great facility, great location, great customer service, and excellent food product, and that is a successful formula.”

Milam enjoys the fact that it is a family-style restaurant. 

“We have friends in the communities, so it fits well with what we do, and they stop in here,” he said.

Milam operates the business with help from his wife. They both come in to help their team of employees and make sure customers are happy.

The couple is still learning some of the aspects of running the business but feels it’s been a pretty easy learning curve since they have spent so much time in hospitality businesses.

Current customers shouldn’t expect to see any significant changes.

“Even on the service and advertising side of things we are not looking to make any changes to what is going on,” Milam said. “It’s a long-running business, and the restaurant has run well, and we are looking to keep it on the same path.”

The new owners have made a few upgrades to the restaurant’s patio, which features soft music and what Milam describes as a unique water feature.

 

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, freshly 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.

Stasko says the brand has enjoyed a warm welcome with active 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 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 a 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.