The town of Bastrop gained a pleasant new retreat with the opening of Café du Jour, a local New Orleans style coffee house.

Café du Jour, which opened Friday, Feb. 2, is family owned and operated by Rick Cole and wife, Dee Ann, who have thought of running a coffee shop for some time.

“We’ve always wanted to have a coffee house with a New Orleans style setting,” Rick said.

The coffee house offers breakfast, including sandwiches made with croissants and bagels, and lunch, with items such as burgers, po’boys and soups. They also have a kid’s menu. They sell Southern Maid donuts, both regular and cake, and are the only place around to offer European Brazilian blend coffee.

The Coles make the food using their own recipes with specially made breads, and their burgers are made from certified Black Angus.

The food is not all that makes them stand out, however. The café itself is spacious with small wooden tables and several comfortable sitting areas with leather chairs perfect for getting lost in a good book. Magazines are offered for guests and each table is adorned with Bible verses. On one of the walls is their mission statement promising the best service and hospitality they can offer. It is a cozy little nook, perfect for a hangout spot or just a quick bite.

The Coles and their employees work to provide a friendly atmosphere and treat their customers right.

“We just want to provide a good menu, make new friends and bless as many people as we can,” Rick said. “We just want to invite people to come in and give us a try.”


Café du Jour is located on the New Monroe Road, Highway 165 South, and customers are welcome Monday through Saturday from 5 a.m. until 2 p.m.