From left to right: Scott Benham, Donna Hughes, and Adrianne Benham (not pictured - Paul Hughes)
Flo's Cafes have been family owned since 1975. Originally, the Airport Cafe was owned by Flora Slack as early as 1962, but when her health failed, she offered to sell it to her friend, Paul Hughes. Paul had been a Navy cook, and his wife Donna could bake a pretty good pie. So the two of them set out to build their restaurant future together.
They started by keeping some of Flora's dishes that were favorites among the local dairy men and aviators, and kept adding family recipes.
Flo's Airport Cafe grew in popularity, so in 1986 the couple opened a second location in the downtown Chino neighborhood and called it Flo's #2. It quickly became as popular as the airport restaurant. Both restaurants serve fresh made soups and specials daily, and are famous for their chicken fried steak and biscuits with country gravy. They also have their own in-house bakery serving up fresh from scratch pies, cobblers, dinner rolls, and their enormously popular cinnamon rolls.
Three years ago, Donna and Paul decided to involve their son Scott in the daily running of the restaurants, but they are still always searching for a fun new dish or pie to share.