If you’ve been to the Blue Bonnet Café in the last several years, you’ve likely seen Dave Plante running around the restaurant, seating people or running a register. If you’ve heard about the great things happening at the Blue Bonnet, it was likely a result of his wife, Lindsay, and her marketing work.
Lindsay is the daughter of John and Belinda Kemper, the owners of the Blue Bonnet Café since 1981. Lindsay grew up in Marble Falls and spent a year of high school in Tasmania, Australia. She attended TCU, studied abroad in London and Mexico for two semesters, and graduated with two degrees—one in business/marketing and the other in advertising/public relations. She was hired at Stuart-Bacon ad agency while in her final semester of school, and she moved to GCG Marketing two years later. She served on the board of the Advertising Club of Fort Worth.
Dave grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire and attended the University of New Hampshire in Durham, graduating with a degree in communication. After graduation, he moved to Colorado Springs and worked in the front office of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox AAA baseball team. After an 8-month stint in Idaho Falls, Idaho with another baseball team, Dave took a job with a hockey team in Fort Worth. It was there, in 1998, that Dave met Lindsay, who was looking for an internship with the hockey team. The team folded after the season, so Dave took a job with Ben E. Keith Beverages. The couple stayed together and got married in 2002 at the Kemper family ranch.
In January 2005, John approached Dave about taking over for a manager who was retiring at the Blue Bonnet Café. Lindsay was given the opportunity to take on all marketing for the Blue Bonnet as well as River City Grille. The Plantes decided it was the right time to get involved, so they moved to Marble Falls in March 2005. Their older daughter, Ella, was born later that year, and Camille joined the family in 2012.
Lindsay is on the board of the Phoenix Center and teaches yoga at Sana Vida, while Dave is currently First Vice President on the Board of Directors of the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce.
The Plantes love living in the heart of the Hill Country with a constant level lake—they feel it is the most beautiful part of Texas. “Marble Falls is unique because it has managed to keep the feel of a small town while progressing,” Dave says. “We like that you can get to know business and community leaders easily and really make a difference in the community.”
Their vision for Marble Falls is to continue to have the small town feel while growing in moderation. They would like to see continued improvements that tie downtown to the lake and make Marble Falls a destination, not a town you blow through on the way to San Antonio. Finally, they would like to see the addition of more attractions or places of interest for families with children.
Dave and Lindsay have already made some valuable contributions to Marble Falls, and the community is excited to see what new developments their leadership will bring. We couldn’t agree more with the Plantes when they say “Get people here, keep them here, and give them a reason to come back.”
If you would like to be a part of the community the Plantes and other talented people call “home,” get in touch with us today.