Welcome to Bill Smith's Cafe, since 1956!

About Us
Bill Smith's Cafe!
Bill Smith's Cafe!

The flavor of small town America
in McKinney's oldest eatery

Fifty years ago Bill Smith invited the population of McKinney to celebrate the grand opening of a new eatery. In 1956, he located his business in a new building on old Hwy. 24 (now Hwy. 380). Many thought a location so far from town and sitting in the middle of a cotton patch would never be successful. Time has certainly proven them wrong!

Jeanette & Bill Jr. in 1956!
Jeanette Smith & son, Bill Smith Jr.,
(behind counter) at the grand opening of the cafe in 1956.

Debbie & Diane Smith!
Debbie & Diane Smith

Bill Smith's Cafe was an instant hit. It marked the beginning of a family business spanning  five decades and employing three generations of Smiths. Two of Smith's original employees have been with the business from its first day! His wife and business partner, Jeanette, is still a regular fixture. She works alongside her son, Bill Smith, Jr., who now owns and operates the business. At age 16, the younger Smith started out as their dishwasher. He, in turn brought his daughters into the operation. Seven mornings a week you can watch the younger Smith whip up a breakfast to equal the one "grandma used to make!"

From the beginning the objective was to offer a truly "home cooked meal." All of the cafe's pies, yeast rolls, biscuits and gravy are made from scratch. Chicken-fried steak, for which they are famous, is made from real steak - nothing they serve is pre-packaged!

Jeanette Smith!
Jeanette Smith

Bill Smith Jr.!The cover of McKinney Living!Bill Jr. "The EGG MAN"!
Bill Smith, Jr. estimates that he has broken over 7 million eggs in his career!

Today, Bill Jr. devotes all his energies to the original operation with expanded hours and space. The oldest restaurant in McKinney opened its doors offering a full home cooked lunch for 85 cents - today the same lunch is still a bargain.

Thanks for visiting our web site and we look forward to the opportunity of serving you soon!

                                                         Bill Smith Jr.!

Above excerpts taken from the McKinney Living Magazine article by Betsy Walker - photos by David Schuler.

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