Blue Bonnet Cafe




Iconic Marble Falls restaurateur dies, leaves legacy

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John and Belinda Kemper (pictured here in 2019) hosted fish fry events over the years benefiting the Marble Falls Area EMS. Kemper, who was 67, died on May 14.




Special to The Highlander

An iconic entrepreneur – responsible for attracting visitors and providing a hometown venue for locals – has passed away at the age of 67.

Owner of the Blue Bonnet Cafe John Michi Kemper of Marble Falls died Thursday, May 14, due to complications associated with Parkinson’s disease.

“Our beloved owner and the patriarch of our family, John Kemper, died yesterday,” according to a statement from the Kempers. “We are heartbroken. … Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.”


Marble Falls merchants adjust to curbside service

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A small group of staff members, from right, Vanessa Yanez, Robin Arnold and Stacey Temple at the Blue Bonnet Cafe, 211 U.S. 281, collected and delivered curbside meals from the iconic eatery, which downsized and took extra precautions due to disaster orders aimed at curbing COVID-19 infections. Staff are serving the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 830-693-2344 to place an order.






UPDATE: On April 2, owners of the Blue Bonnet Cafe announced they would be closing their doors due to the Coronavirus concerns.

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

As soon as Kate Heylman noticed the pop-up canopy in the Blue Bonnet Cafe parking lot on March 27, she did not hesitate to stop and place an order for biscuits and gravy.

“I bought a car in North Dakota two weeks ago and everything happened. I had heard about it (Bluebonnet Cafe), when I was planning my trip to Texas.”


Marble Falls Area EMS to hold fish fry fundraiser at Blue Bonnet Cafe

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Marble Falls Area EMS will hold their annual fall fish fry fundraiser at the Blue Bonnet Cafe from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2. Plates are $10 per person for adults or $5 for children 5 and under. For takeout orders call 830-693-2444. Pictured here are the Walls of Spicewood with Marble Falls Area EMS Operations Director Kevin Naumann during a past event.


EMS fish fry at Blue Bonnet Wednesday

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Marble Falls Area Emergency Medical Service executive director Johnny Campbell is reminding the community that Wednesday is the day for the 2017 fall fish fry fundraiser at the Blue Bnonet Cafe in Marle Falls. Come and get it.




The annual fall fish fry fundraiser for the Marble Falls Area Emergency Medical Service (MFAEMS) will be held from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the Blue Bonnet Cafe.

Twice a year for at least the last 25 years, owners of the historic eatery at 211 US 281 have opened their doors and their kitchen to supporters of the local EMS.

For $10 per adult and $4 per child younger than 5, fried fish and the fixings are available inside the restaurant or for take out. For orders to go, call 830-693-2444.

Staff of the EMS, local first responders and elected officials volunteer their time to wait tables and help keep food moving along. All profits are directed to the training and equipment needs of the MFAEMS.


Fish fry supports MFAEMS March 1

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The spring benefit at the Blue Bonnet Cafe for the Marble Falls Area Emergency Medical Service (MFAEMS) is set for Wednesday, March 1, from 4-8 p.m..

Owners of the historic dining spot at 211 US 281 in Marble Falls dedicate the proceeds to the first responder organization.

“It amounts to about $14,000 a year that supports most of our training,” said Johnny Campbell, MFAEMS executive director. “Our staff and city officials pitch in to help witih the serving, but it's folks who have pitched in to dine for the last 25 years who share our thanks.

Plates of fried fish and sides are $10 and $4 for children age 5 and younger. For take out orders, call 830-693-2444.


Fish fry yields thousands for MFEMS

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At the Marble Falls Area Emergency Medical Service fish fry benefit at the Blue Bonnet Cafe Wednesday night, March 9, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) Brooke Mossarat (left) and Megan Morrison (right) visit with the Bartino family (from left) Micki, Natalie, David III and David Jr. Proceeds from the first of the twice-annual events totaled about $8,800 for the EMS.

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