My original plan was to become a professional chef. I obtained formal training at California Culinary Academy, but my “real” training took place in my Grand Mom and Mom’s Kitchen. Many of the recipes we use today at Cowgirl Café are from my Great Grand Mom’s trail cooking in Texas and Oklahoma. Our biscuits, gravy and sausage originated from my Grandma Dodd’s “covered wagon” style cooking.

In 1978, I started my own catering company, and over the course of the next fifteen years until 1993 my wife, Meredith and I built “Maddy’s Catering”. We custom catered shows, events, weddings and horse clubs for many years while making great friends who still patronize our Cowgirl Café restaurants today. Meredith and I were very thankful for all the support we received from our family and friends.

In 1994 we incorporated our catering business into our first Cowgirl Café restaurant located in Mira Loma. We converted a seventy year old house that was only 800 square feet, decorated it with all the western items we had collected from customers and friends, bought some equipment and jumped into the restaurant business. From the very first day, we were a big hit in the neighborhood. Norco Cowgirl Café #2 opened in 1998 and our Pismo Beach and Paso Robles restaurants opened in 2000. Soon thereafter we opened our Nipomo Café in 2001 and Atascadero in 2004. We added a bakery to our Atascadero Cowgirl Café and today awesome cinnamon rolls, muffins, brownies, cookies and pies make up a considerable part of our brand and sales.

Many people have been a major part of our success. My family consists of my mom Mary and dad Chuck along with all the dedicated Cowgirl employees and managers. And, of course, we can’t forget our wonderful customers, as they are the reason for our success. I believe in a “team approach” and because of that I am offering the opportunity for others to be a part of our family. Some call it “Franchise”, but we call it “Family-Chise”. Customer service, attention to detail in the restaurant and family fun is a big part of what we are all about. We are taking a systems approach to our expansion and businesses – systems run business and people run systems. Cowgirl Café is growing and franchising will help make Cowgirl Café a well recognized brand throughout the west.

We are dedicated to providing you and your family with the best tasting Down Home Cook’n. We hope to see you real soon!