The Original Bon Ton Cafe

The Original Bon Ton Cafe I make Everything from Scratch with over 35 years of Cooking Experience. Moving to Merced! Opening Soon!
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I Opened the Original Bon Ton Cafe that started in 1860. "Bon Ton" means upscale in Creole. I serve Cajun, Southern & BBQ Cookin' the Best Way I know how!

Payment Options:   Cash Mastercard Visa

Price Range: $$

Culinary Team: Chef William Decker (Big Will),

Attire: Casual

02/16/2020
Chef Big Will & Chef Rafa Coming Soon!
02/14/2020

Chef Big Will & Chef Rafa Coming Soon!

02/13/2020

My Refrigerators are all up and running nice and cold now...

Picked up front register counter this morning
02/09/2020

Picked up front register counter this morning

New location is 1513 W Main Street In Merced.Not Open Yet but when I am this page will get a name change and all info wi...
02/06/2020

New location is
1513 W Main Street
In Merced.
Not Open Yet but when I am this page will get a name change and all info will change and I will Announce when I get restaurant up and running. Thank you for patience.
I teamed up with another Local Chef and will be Serving New Orleans and Puerto Rican Creole & Southern Cooking!
Chef Big Will & "Rafa" Rafael Melendez

02/06/2020

I don't post much cause it's a lot of work unpacking and organizing and fixing stuff... But we are there everyday trying to get open

Grand Stage
02/01/2020

Grand Stage

This Saturday I'm working with a few friends on our new place, in Merced off W. Main Street, to get it organized and cle...
01/31/2020

This Saturday I'm working with a few friends on our new place, in Merced off W. Main Street, to get it organized and cleaned and when I make a new FB page I'll post more.. But until then it will be called
JOY OF THE SOUTH
"Creole & Southern Cookin' "
2 Chefs Bringing New Orleans Creole and Puerto Rican Creole to your Table with Affordable and Fresh Menu Selections!

01/31/2020

Donuts a Go Go
Has the Best Doughnuts in Merced and Mariposa County!
Do you know Patty is making keto muffins and bakes goodness... like yesterday she made White Chocolate BlackBerry Muffins with a Struessel topping!
Their cake doughnuts are the best! It's a lost art... I made doughnuts in my 20's and I know the difference between a mix you add water and a Baker. Patty is a Baker like me!
They are always Positive and I'm happy to call them my friends. Go get a Coffee and a muffin or donut and Support your local Gem!
Mariposa off Highway 140 in between the Sugar Pine Restaurant and Subway.

01/30/2020

Pepsi or Coke Fountain instead of cans?
I like Pepsi but if I run out Coke i can buy anywhere

01/28/2020

As soon as we get unpacked I'll show more picks of our new location. I'm excited it has a stage for music!

Well just about moved out just gotta clean up and done
01/20/2020

Well just about moved out just gotta clean up and done

Honestly it broke my heart to close. I was 400 pounds when I looked at the Bon Ton and I had to fix me and get it furnis...
01/15/2020

Honestly it broke my heart to close. I was 400 pounds when I looked at the Bon Ton and I had to fix me and get it furnished, fixed and open. Took 2 years to get to 270 pounds and Open the Bon Ton Cafe.
I Opened August 16th, 2017, right after the Detweiler Fire. I survived many close fires, flooded roads that washed away and road closures that killed tourism and people to get to me.
Yes, I'm blessed to have a place to go to but it's tough to take a restaurant from Mariposa to Merced with little to no money and few helpers.
Trying to do what's right for landlords and myself. God is in control. Cause I'm burning on fumes.
Thank you! To All my Customers and friends. New Menu, New Place.... No more commuting and my family can help me now that I'm closer to home!

01/15/2020

I closed in Mariposa Dec 31st. My sales were so low I couldn't pay my bills. I'm moving to a new location in Merced it's going to take some time but I Will post when and where when I'm ready... So if you haven't heard.

I won't say where yet. I have people who believe in my skills God gave me.
01/13/2020

I won't say where yet. I have people who believe in my skills God gave me.

You ever pay attention to the center dinner table for a group over 6 to sit and enjoy being a family. I once had a famil...
01/11/2020

You ever pay attention to the center dinner table for a group over 6 to sit and enjoy being a family. I once had a family bring their Dad for his last dinner together before Hospice to pass away. I had families that would sit and enjoy being together. I had owners of Savory's and 1850 dine and enjoy being together at the table... I'm sure in the 3 years I was open there are many stories of good food, good times and some failures from my staff and I. But I gave my all here at my Table(s).

01/11/2020

So I start moving out tomorrow... Not easy it took 2 years to get it Open After it was Closed for 14 years! But hey if anyone has the dream of taking over the Bon Ton message me and I'll give your information to the landlord.

01/07/2020
Bread Head Kitchen

I wasn't the only casualty in the sierras

Our Dear Bread Head Family,

We've been growing quickly and feeding our community for just one month shy of a year. It has been an incredible journey and we've made so many wonderful friends. Unfortunately, we've gone too long without enough operating capital and now that winter is upon us, we are no longer able to sustain without that cushion. So, it is with a very heavy heart, that we bid you a fond farewell. It's been such an amazing experience and we are very sad we will not be able to bring more awesome culinary experiences to our community. We appreciate all of you who have supported us and cheered us on. You will live forever in our hearts. May we all continue to rise & thrive in our own ways. Thank you so much for all your love. πŸ’ž

01/04/2020

Tues February 25th is Mardi Gras Tuesday!

01/01/2020

2020 is Still Uncertain but I'm knocking on doors and when One Opens I'll post where I Will Be!

12/31/2019
12/31/2019

Gotta go shopping pick up some heavy cream for Alfredo sauce, bow tie pasta some shrimp, fresh veggies, catfish and prime rib. I was born to Cook!

12/30/2019

My Last Day is the 31st not because I want to Close but because I haven't been able to pay my bills here and they are turning into debts.

* How do I commute from Merced daily spend $15 a day in gas and make $50 a day or $400 in a Week?! I'm burnt out commuting.
* 49 N road closures from floods, Road closed sign in town, Google road closed. Took a long time to Open and now no travelers taking that road and while my sales dropped others reaped on 49 S to Oakhurst the new destination spot.
* I tried to move into Mariposa in the heart of downtown. Health Dept said yes. Building dept said 1930s brick wall not sufficient for fire Wall needs updated. Okay, what if I use catering truck and building like Woody's does? Health dept okayed and Building red tagged spot that was okay for ice cream shop for 5 years... Soon after okayed for Mercantile.
* received a phone call cause I wanted to move into treat's spot town was boycotting me and my sales that barely paid Bills dropped to next to nothing.
* I have been cooking and washing my own dishes and 1 waitress and I haven't paid myself in a long time. I work too hard to struggle this bad. 5 star restaurant voted by customers.
* I've had Trolls attack my Facebook and my reviews. There's nothing that can be done to correct what they did by harassing my customers and I.
* I can't afford to pay rent and that's not fair to the landlords.
There's so much more but I'll stop right here.

I tried my Best! I WILL Go Out Giving my Best!
God ain't done with me yet! Stay posted on this Page see where he Sends me Next?!

Chef Big Will

Keep in mind my last day here at the Bon Ton is December 31st. Make Reservations.Closed Monday Open Tues 1130am to 7? De...
12/29/2019

Keep in mind my last day here at the Bon Ton is December 31st. Make Reservations.

Closed Monday
Open Tues 1130am to 7? Depending on Customers and Reservations.

So far I'm thinking Creole Alfredo Pasta, Prawns, Steak, Blackened Chicken, Black-Eyed Peas and Seasoned Greens is a staple in the South = Green for $ and eating them is believed brings Prosperity to a New Year!

Blackened T-Bone steak and a Vegetarian Alfredo Pasta
12/29/2019

Blackened T-Bone steak and a Vegetarian Alfredo Pasta

12/28/2019
Special's
12/27/2019

Special's

Christmas at Home with all my Family and 7 Grand Kids was Worth the World to Me!
12/26/2019

Christmas at Home with all my Family and 7 Grand Kids was Worth the World to Me!

Merry Christmas Everyone I'll see you the day after I'm CLOSED until Thursday!
12/23/2019

Merry Christmas Everyone I'll see you the day after I'm CLOSED until Thursday!

7 Pecan Pies made today out the Oven and 2 Egg Nog pies coming out the Oven in a Few minutes
12/22/2019

7 Pecan Pies made today out the Oven and 2 Egg Nog pies coming out the Oven in a Few minutes

12/20/2019
12/20/2019

I Really didn't want to post that I'm Closing the Bon Ton.
Too many Factors have been happening back to back and in the end I'm not making enough to pay my Bills. I give up, Up here. There's literally no traffic driving by for hours since 49 N road washed out, Repaired and Closed for Many Months really has travellers using alternative roads.
If you want to eat at the Bon Ton with me as Your Chef Dec. 31st is last day because I Will Not Renew my License in Mariposa. Moving to town was my way to make money and save myself but Mariposa Spoke loudly when I was blocked at every turn but there is a business there now... I'm not mad I'm actually at Peace with this.
Thank You Bear Valley, Mariposa for Allowing me to Cook for You!
Chef William Decker

I'll keep everyone posted where I pop up next!

12/20/2019

My ghost hunter cancelled cause of a family emergency.

Next Week we are Closed Mon thru Wednesday and Following Week Closed Monday and Last Day Open New Years Eve Dec 31st!!
12/20/2019

Next Week we are Closed Mon thru Wednesday and Following Week Closed Monday and Last Day Open New Years Eve Dec 31st!!

Table of 7 order 5 Triple Deckers a Double and a Single with Cajun Fries!!
12/19/2019

Table of 7 order 5 Triple Deckers a Double and a Single with Cajun Fries!!

Chicken & Dumplings Soup instead of Gumbo and Black eyed Peas with Rice and Ham instead of Red Beans!
12/19/2019

Chicken & Dumplings Soup instead of Gumbo and Black eyed Peas with Rice and Ham instead of Red Beans!

12/19/2019

We closed up early when there's no customers for couple hours... Be back tomorrow

I used my fried chicken seasoning to perk up the Flava of my Chicken & Dumplings
12/18/2019

I used my fried chicken seasoning to perk up the Flava of my Chicken & Dumplings

12/18/2019

I got 2 pots on the stove one is black eyed peas and the other a couple chickens that I'm gonna turn into chicken & dumplings! Take a couple hours but it's gonna taste πŸ˜‹

My version of Chicken Katsudon
12/15/2019

My version of Chicken Katsudon

Open by 1030am Brunch usually until 2 pm but I'll make Breakfast All Day Sausage Country Gravy and Biscuits... Okie Eggs...
12/15/2019

Open by 1030am Brunch usually until 2 pm but I'll make Breakfast All Day
Sausage Country Gravy and Biscuits... Okie Eggs add 2 fried Eggs with 2 Sausage patties!
Free Beneigts which is a French Donut!

I don't have a Waffle Maker but I can make: 2- Buttermilk or Peanut Butter Pancakes with 2 - Bacon or Sausage or Chicken...
12/15/2019

I don't have a Waffle Maker but I can make:
2- Buttermilk or Peanut Butter Pancakes with
2 - Bacon or Sausage or Chicken Strips with
2 - Eggs for $10

How about a Slice of Sweet Potato Pie with a cup of Hot "Deep South French" Coffee for $4

Chicken Katsudon $14 TodayIts a Japanese Fried Chicken Rice Bowl served with scrambled eggs and a light Terriyaki Sauce....
12/15/2019

Chicken Katsudon $14 Today
Its a Japanese Fried Chicken Rice Bowl served with scrambled eggs and a light Terriyaki Sauce. I made in Culinary school back in 1998 and it popped into my mind last night.

12/14/2019

$10 Today with Fries "Chicken in a Biscuit"... Southern or Louisiana Hot

Address

1513 West Main Street
Merced, CA
95340

Telephone

2092619411

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Happy New Year chef , sorry we didn't come out , you know your gumbo is a hit with me , head cold of all days. Please keep in touch I look forward to your next adventure. God Bless
OMG Will the dinners were wonderful last night! Incredible so was the chicken and dumplens as never had so wonderful tasteful! Thanks you! Merry Christmas!
Wonderful Diner last nite!
I couldn't wait to eat my 50 50 pie so I grabbed a fork at the restaurant and you know the rest! πŸ₯°πŸ˜‹πŸ‘
Hi I didn't forget about the boxes. Will bring tomorrow.
Why don't we ALL who love Will's "The Origional Bon Ton Cafe" let's go eat more often and share his great dishes to others. OH his tasty dinners! I will go first! Bob and Debbie Edwards Nature's Amazing Rock and gifts Mt Bullion.
Wonderfull wood smoked ribs and tried your Southern fried chicken! Ordered for two to go and when we got back we had company waiting so we feed 5 and just now next day I finished the ribs!
Hey Will, thank you for the most amazing foods today. Your fall the bone ribs were FANTASTIC! The girls loved the tritip and oakra. We have enough foor for tomarrow too! My hat is again off to you! Thanks 🎩
To the wonderful puppy parents who left their bag here, I found it and will gladly ship it too you if you're not coming back our way.
Authentic New Orleans food with a very eclectic atmosphere that was a pleasant surprise. This is not a yuppie style trend but a homie cafe that has a very personal staff and a wonderful menu. Recommend the fried okra and the gumbo. We had fried chicken, blackened chicken and a specialty burger. All food was amazing. Higher priced than mall parking lot chains but huge portions and excellent quality still made it a great value. Would go again!!!
The best restaurant in Mariposa County outside of Yosemite.. by far. It is in Bear Valley, just past the airport. Wow. And what a historic complete antique setting. πŸ€ͺ
Huge shout out to the Bon Ton Cafe for creating such scrumptious pies!!! Both of these flavors scream summertime and I am in heaven!!!! Everyone should have a slice! So good!!!! Strawberry Creme and Lemon Buttermilk. ( pictured) ❀️❀️. Couldn’t decide, got both. πŸ‘