4 the RGV: Historical restaurant, Monte Carlo Café , still female and family owned since 1960’s


DONNA, Texas (KVEO) — Monte Carlo Café, a restaurant that is seen as a historical landmark for many Donna residents, is still family and female operated since opening its doors in the ’60s.

You will not find this café off the expressway or in a popular plaza.

“American food, Mexican food a little bit of everything,” said Sylvia Garza, the owner of Monte Carlo Café.   

Instead you will find the café hidden between homes off Miller Avenue in Donna.

Garza was born and raised in Donna, the café was passed down to her by her mother.

The restaurant, which once served as a home and now a dining hall, is a historical marker for Donna natives.

“Like I said this is one of the oldest houses that is standing,” said Garza.  

Garza’s mother bought the home in 1941, feeding the workers nearby.

“The company, in the turbina, all those people that worked, use to come and eat here, so we did really good.”

Garza is in the process of passing down Monte Carlo to her daughter and said places like Monte Carlo just do not exist anymore.  

“They need to try out the mom and pop restaurants, because they are going away,” said Garza.

Garza says people are forgetting the taste of a home cooked meal.  “Everything that you eat here today is fresh because we just made it this morning,” said Garza.

“I don’t know if tradition is going to stop here or what,” said Garza.

Monte Carlo Café has made a dollar menu to help those during the pandemic

For their daily specials and dollar menu visit them on their Facebook Page.

Monte Carlo Café is located on 1705 Miller Ave. Donna, Texas.

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