GLEN ROSE — The second Brenda Boyd stepped into the building that is now home to The Dragonfly Eatery, she knew it was the perfect place.
“I fell in love with the building, and said ‘this is it.’ I wanted it,” said Boyd, who opened the business at 603 Austin Road on Oct. 25 along with her daughter Andie Peelman.
Boyd said she was reared in Madisonville, Texas, in a house similar to The Dragonfly.
“This is the kind of home I grew up in,” said Boyd. “This building is probably 100 years old or older.”
In a way, Boyd and her daughter are creating the business into something of which they had fond memories, and they want everyone to experience it — right down to the smell.
“My daughter and I tossed it around, and she said to try home-cooking,” Boyd said. “I definitely didn’t want to do burgers or Mexican food, so we’re giving this a shot. I think it’s going to go.”
The cooking is done in cast iron, and each day, they offer a special.
“I love a good blue-plate special and nobody offers that where you have meat, vegetables, corn bread, rolls, salad or dessert,” Boyd said. “It’s quick, easy and already made up.”
On opening day of The Dragonfly, which got its name on the suggestion from Boyd’s granddaughter, the blue-plate special was a smothered pork chop served on a bed of rice with mushroom brown gravy, sautéed squash, green beans and a homemade roll for $8.99 (drink included). For $2 more, patrons could add a dessert.
“I want people to feel like they can come and eat at their grandma’s house when they come in here,” Peelman said.
Since the first day, items such as roast beef, mashed potatoes, carrots, buttered bread, smoked ham, fried cabbage, black-eyed peas, cornbread and spaghetti and meat sauce and other favorites have been part of the blue plate special.
Sunday brunch was french toast, breakfast casserole, quiche, Spartan recovery and chicken and waffles for $10.95 (drink included).
“I have had several people tell me, ‘I’m at grandma’s house.’ I am grandma, and that’s how I want it to be,” Boyd said.
The Dragonfly is open Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday from 7 a.m.-3 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. for brunch.
“All my parents and grandparents grew up on a cotton farm, and when I was a kid, the kitchen was the main place in the house, and everything was home-cooked,” she said. “I don’t need to be a millionaire. I don’t want this place to be a place where people are lined up. I want it to be a place where people can come and visit and everybody knows everybody.”