Meet the Founders!

Have you ever wondered how this quaint mom and pop restaurant came to be? How did this little train themed diner grow to be a small restaurant chain?

For those answers, we need to take a look back at the history of our founders. If you haven’t met them yet, we would like you to meet Cash and Cathy Smith. Before Breakfast Station was even a dream, restaurant life was in their blood. 

Cash first found himself working in the restaurant industry as a dishwasher during the summers in Northern Michigan at 14 years old. From then until graduation, he worked at a couple different restaurants learning the ropes from dishwasher to cook. After admiring the comfortable lifestyle of his manager at a company Christmas party, he decided he was good at the restaurant business and could work to achieve a similar lifestyle. The spark of owning his own was lit. 

He took off to Florida after graduation where he learned all the positions and aspects of restaurant management through his experience at a few local restaurants which eventually lead to a manager position at Perkins! 

Cathy grew up in the restaurant business as well. Her father was a cook in the air force and owned a pizza shop thereafter. Her first restaurant position? The Wendy’s drive thru in her home state of Ohio.  Eventually life brought her to Florida and ultimately to Perkins too! 

You see where we are going with this one right? Server and manager meet and fall in love at Perkins restaurant in Bayonet Point, Florida in 1989. Married by 1990, they left Perkins but stayed in the restaurant business!

Fast forward 5 years….

With big dreams, even bigger ambition, blue leather booths, and a tiny kitchen, came the first ever Breakfast Station, opened in Port Richey FL (pictured below) on May 28th, 1995. Serving breakfast and lunch from 7am-4pm, so they could be home with their kids every evening. 

Breakfast Station #1 Port Richey, FL.
Yes we still have the blue leather booths!

Working as cook, server, manager, and everything in between, Cash and Cathy powered through rough seasons, both figuratively and literally!

It wasn’t for another 10 years (2005) before the second Breakfast Station location opened in New Port Richey, FL. From there, it began to snowball with a third location in Brooksville, in 2011. The fourth location in Spring Hill was the first franchised location with 10 more to come in the following years!

Breakfast Station is now exclusively franchised except for the original 2 locations that are owned and operated by their daughter and son in law, Sarah and Matt. (pictured above)

Of course, the biggest question we all want to know….To what do they attribute their success? 

If you get a chance to ask them, they’ll tell you a few different things!

They have been blessed with great staff and loyal customers, many who have been here since their humble beginnings. 

“Do what you do, well.” Don’t try and reinvent the wheel, do what you do and do it consistently. For them, this meant consistently good food and fast and friendly service. And perhaps the most important, “If you treat your staff well, they’ll take care of your customers.”

Now, 23 years since their dream became reality

You’ll find them helping with the startup and opening of new Breakfast Station locations, and spending time with their kids and grandkids! 

33 thoughts on “Meet the Founders!

  1. We really enjoyed our breakfast. It arrived fast and Manden (our waitress) was a sweetheart. She friendly and efficient !

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    1. Awesome! We are so glad you enjoyed it Sue. Mandan is a true asset to our team!

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  2. We wemt once in Dunnellon a few weeks ago.It wad so good.I know they close at 3 it would be nice if it was 4 p.m. So many others said the same. All i know is it was a great breakfast.

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    1. Sorry for misspelling my keys are sticking

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      1. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to our Dunnellon location, Nancy! We used to be open until 4pm back in the day, however we didn’t do enough business in the last hour so we decided to let our staff get home to family a little earlier!

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  3. My mother and I frequent the New Port Richey and are always greeted with the big smile and warmest hellos. Delicious food and quick service. Thank you.

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    1. You are so very welcome Steven! Thank you for your business and your positive feedback.

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      1. Been trying to send a comment to the Leesburg store. If someone can contact me@ 352-801-5688 , Chip

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      2. Hi Chip! Please send us an email directly at breakfaststation2@gmail.com so we can forward your concerns to the managing partner.

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  4. Sharon & Ron Popovich January 31, 2019 — 11:21 pm

    We frequent the Beverly Hills restaurant, I love their Ruben sandwich, my hubby always gets the Box car. Very friendly staff. Thank You so much

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    1. You are very welcome Sharon and Ron! We are so happy to hear you’ve enjoyed your visits with our Beverly Hills team.

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  5. I always enjoy eating at Breakfast Station #7 in Beverly Hills Florida
    Great food and very friendly

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    1. We are so glad to hear it! Thanks for your feedback Joy.

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  6. The wife and I have breakfast at Breakfast station #3 every week. The staff is friendly and very quick. The food is always tasty and affordable. See you guys next week. Ken & Kim

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    1. We are so happy to hear you’ve enjoyed your visits with our Brooksville team! Thank you for your loyal business Ken!

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  7. We go to Breakfast Station 7 great food and friendly staff.

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    1. That’s what we love to hear! Thanks Fred.

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  8. Good day,

    We have been long time patrons of your Lecanto and Dunnellon locations (usually at least weekly) and have thoroughly enjoyed our experiences. Especially the staff. However, that being said we will be unable to visit any longer. My wife and I have been advised by our doctor to change our meals/diet to the Ketogenics plan. Today we ate at # 11 and were disheartened that they could make no substitutions to accommodate this lifestyle. Our ask was to have a couple slices of bacon in lieu of any sides. We were told that this was not allowed. I asked Joe who said the view was that this is just another trend diet and accommodations couldn’t be made. Sadly this will prevent us from frequenting a place we loved. As a brand you may want to consider giving locations the authority to make sensible accommodations. For Keto it is low/no carbs. So we couldn’t eat any of the sides offered. For the customer this is a waste of money, as we paid full price for breakfasts where we could only eat the omelette.

    Thank you

    Vance D. McMahon

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    1. Hi Vance! Thank you for reaching out with your concerns. Accommodations can be made and we try our best to do so as inexpensively as possible for our guests. Certain sides can be substituted free of charge, however others are not even substitutes (i.e. bacon in place of toast) and therefore require an upcharge. That being said, we apologize that your visit was not handled with care regarding accommodations.

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  9. Some of my favorite memories as a child were at the Breakfast Station. A trip to Home Depot and then my dad would take me to breakfast and it was so great.

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    1. What an awesome memory! We are so glad our first location was apart of it.

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  10. Thank you for following my blog!

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  11. I don’t usually leave comments but Today my Family stopped in to Breakfast Station In Leesburg. The atmosphere was cozy Food was outstanding . But seriously the need for this post is the Waitress. Shawna took care of us. And she is a gem..for a breakfast place ..where did you find her?? My family has never laughed so hard and really enjoyed ourselves at a public restaurant as we have today. She was such a breathe of fresh air and we needed it . The impression she has left with us is everlasting and will not be forgotten. It’s nice to know people do care about people. Thanks breakfast station

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    1. This makes us so happy! We are thrilled you enjoyed your visit with us, but especially your experience with Shawna. We say it all the time, our people are what make us different and that is so true with Shawna. Thank you for taking the time to leave us your comment. We will make sure she hears it!!

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  12. James W Marshall August 8, 2019 — 6:59 pm

    Why has the Seminole Fl location in Oakhurst Shopping center closed?

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    1. Family and medical issues forced the managing partner, George to sell. Unfortunately we couldn’t find a qualified person to relocate and keep it a Breakfast Station. We are wishing George and James health and happiness!

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  13. I have not had the opportunity to visit, but I have heard wonderful things. Any plans on coming to Orlando??

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    1. Not currently! Our next location will be in Ormond Beach.

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  14. Great story, so glad yall have branched out to the land o lakes area #14 they are hard working, and do a great job!

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    1. We are so happy to be apart of the Land O Lakes community! Thanks for your feedback Stephanie.

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  15. We are very sorry to hear this! Your feedback has been shared with the franchise owner for immediate review. We pride ourselves on truly taking care of our staff. Thank you for letting us know about your experience.

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  16. As a business traveler throughout Florida, I have been fortunate enough to have dined in all of the Breakfast Stations. From Crawfordville to Melbourne the food is consistently good. Can’t wait for you to reopen! – Tom from Seminole

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    1. That’s so awesome! We are so glad to hear you’ve enjoyed consistently positive experiences Tom.

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