Sunshine’s Motor City Cafe is a restaurant featuring not only outstanding fresh sandwiches and salads but also Detroit favorites such as authentic Coney Dogs, Bettermade potato chips and Faygo pop. It is owned and operated by Al and Michelle “Sunshine” Taylor. The couple met in 1972 in a suburb of Detroit named Warren, Michigan. In honor of that moment and the great memories of those days, Al and Michelle were proud to open the doors to Sunshine’s Motor City Cafe!

Nestled in the front of the couple’s catering offices, this comfortable and cozy restaurant is a relaxing place to enjoy lunch. The food is made fresh daily by the staff at Special Moments Catering with delicious daily specials created by their fusion chefs.  For those of you from Michigan, Al and Michelle promise you a taste of home! Trip down memory lane as you enjoy our fun, Detroit themed decor and feast on our Authentic Coney Island Hotdogs, Bettermades shipped direct from the factory, and Sander’s Hot Fudge Sundaes!

Come and enjoy the hospitality of Al and Michelle Taylor at Sunshine’s Motor City Cafe!


Meet Sunshine!


Michelle Taylor “Sunshine” grew up in a suburb of Detroit named Warren, Michigan.  Her favorite pastimes included playing music and taking long bike rides to Stoney Creek Park and The Franklin Cider Mill. Her family relocated to Arizona in 1972 where she attended and graduated from nursing school.  After marrying Al in 1974, Michelle soon became a mom. Taking time away from a nursing career to raise her small children, her interest in the culinary world began to blossom. She graduated from a cake decorating class and began making cakes for friends.  As they sampled her delicious creations, Michelle soon found herself being asked to create dinner parties and other types of events for them as well. That little spark was all it took…a business was born!

Michelle and Al decided to start Special Moments Catering in 1984. The business gave Michelle a perfect outlet for her nurturing personality as she was able to pour her heart into creating memorable experiences for her clients. It wasn’t long before word spread and Special Moments has since become a premiere catering company in the Phoenix area. With a list of clients that include Wells Fargo Bank, Paypal, Gammage Auditorium, Arizona State University and well known individuals such as Al Gore and David Copperfield, Michelle has catered for groups from anywhere from two to two thousand guests.

As the years have passed, two restaurants have been added to the business portfolio, Pier 54 and Sunshine’s Motor City Café. Both restaurants exemplify Michelle’s love for people and entertaining but Sunshine’s truly reflects Michelle’s personality. Come visit with Sunshine in this warm and welcoming café and enjoy one of her many culinary solutions.!

A Motown Party!

Are you looking for a unique and different place to throw a party?

Tucked in the front area of Special Moments Catering and Events, Sunshine’s Motor City Café is the perfect place for you!
With limited café operating hours of 11:00am to 2:00pm Monday thru Saturday, we have plenty of time leftover to party!
Sunshine’s is available for rental Monday thru Saturday from 7am to 10:30am or after 2pm. Attendant required on events ending or starting after 5 pm or on Sundays. Choose from one of our great party packages or create your own from our vast catering menus. Our creative décor and friendly atmosphere can help you create a party your guests aren’t sure to forget!

See our contact information below for details on group packages or rental of the facility.


Current Events and News

Motorcyles at Motor City!!! 

Join us for our first annual bike show!

Help us support the Fierce Protectors of B.A.C.A. (Bikers Against Child Abuse) by registering your ride with a $15.00 donation to this great cause. Learn more about B.A.C.A. at www.bacaworld.org.

All registered participants will receive a free Coney Meal from Sunshine (Coney dog, side dish, and fountain drink.)
People’s choice award for best in show will be announced at 1:00pm.


To register your ride call (480) 730-1114 or email brianna.jarvis@specialmomentsaz.com



Please contact us if you have any questions or comments, we will get back to you shortly. Thanks for visiting!



7425 S. Harl Ave. #2, Tempe, AZ 85283

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