Bluebonnet Cafe Re-opens to Visitors and Non-Patients

April 12, 2021

After a year of limited services, the Bluebonnet Café at Ennis Regional Medical Center reopened this week for breakfast and lunch for visitors and non-patients. “While COVID-19 prompted us to close to outside customers last spring,” said Monique Garza, the dietary director. Just over a year later, on Monday (April 12), the café began serving to those outside of their campus at the corner of 2201 W. Lampasas and Hwy 287. Garza, who was born in Chicago before moving to the area, graduated from Ferris H.S. She has been on the ERMC staff for 13 years. Along with her husband, Nate, they share a 20-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old son. Prior to their restricted hours 13 months ago, their customers consisted of 80 percent outside sales, often to area school staff, and local businesses. The attraction was the scratch kitchen. “We make the meals right there, from scratch,”said Garza, “and our prices are reasonable.” Their Monday to Friday lunch, served 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., is a variety of Americanized dishes. The variety starts with Caribbean Grilled Flank Steak on Monday, Street Tacos on Tuesday and Pork Tenderloin on Wednesday. Thursday’s feature, back by popular demand, is the hickory smoked bacon and fried egg cheeseburger, while honey glazed chicken wings are Friday’s fare. The Bluebonnet Café serves breakfast from 7 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. with lunch from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. It only serves dinner to patients and staff at night and all meals on the weekends.