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Garcia’s Bistro: VAL Student Opens Restaurant


Posted on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at 10:28 AM

There’s a new restaurant in northern Vermont and a VAL student is the owner. Yesica Garcia opened Garcia’s Bistro in November on Main Street in Enosburg Falls. Yesica, grew up in Jicarito, Honduras. She moved to Vermont in 2018 to join her family.  She is the mother of three young adult children who are students at Norwich University and the Community College of Vermont

Yesica is an English Language Learning (ELL) student at Vermont Adult Learning.  She recognizes that as a community member and business owner it’s important to speak English well.

“It’s a beautiful thing that I’m learning English,” Yesica said.  “I can communicate with my friends, my (English-speaking) family and for my business.  I love my teacher, Leigh (Smith).

She is wonderful with me and the other students.  She is patient and cares for me and the other students.” 

Garcia’s Bistro features a menu focussing on Mexican, Central American and South American Cuisine.   Honduran Baleadas–flour tortilla with fillings of beans, cheese, meat, egg and avocado—will be offered alongside dishes from Mexico, Peru, Colombia and a few from the U.S.  Tres Leches, a specialty dessert from Honduras and Mexico, is a butter cake soaked in evaporated milk, condensed milk and heavy cream.

“Yesica and her family have made yet another dream come true in Enosburg Falls!” said Leigh Smith, VAL ELL Teacher. “Yesica is not only a fantastic cook, but an inquisitive, ambitious English student.  My first taste at Garcia’s Bistro was their sensational chicken tacos, and I can’t wait to return for the Honduran cuisine.”

“I’m excited to start my own business and to share my culture,” Yesica said. “I want to inspire my children to work hard, to be their own bosses.”

If you go…

Restaurant:  Garcia’s Bistro, 383 Main Street, Enosburg Falls, VT, 802-933-3149

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Lunch and Dinner)

Alcohol:  Beer and Wine

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