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4 things to know in San Antonio food right now: Favorite Austin cafe coming to town

4 things to know in San Antonio food: Fave Austin cafe coming to town

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Oh, that Kerbey Lane queso. Kerbey Lane/Facebook

Editor’s note: We get it. It can be difficult to keep up with the fast pace of San Antonio’s restaurant and bar scene. We have you covered with our regular roundup of essential food news.

Openings

A long-loved Austin cafe praised for its prodigious pancakes, French toast, and out-of-this-world queso (no, really, the secret recipe made a trip to the moon on the SpaceX Falcon rocket in 2019!) will soon be serving up its scratch-made comfort food in San Antonio. Kerbey Lane, which first opened in 1980 and now boasts eight locations in Austin and another on the way in San Marcos, is planning to open its first San Antonio location at Rim Crossing, according to an August 17 report from the San Antonio Business Journal. The publication cites a recent filing with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation that notes the 4,488-square-foot space, located at 5515 N. Loop 1604 West, will get a $1.35 million facelift in prep for Kerbey Lane’s new all-day diner. Work on the project is expected to be completed by March 2022.

Other news and notes

Every dog has his day, and on every dog’s day — National Dog Day, Thursday, August 26 — one Southtown restaurant will share a little puppy love with diners. In collaboration with Dog Friendly San Antonio, health-focused eatery The Good Kind will host a special dog-day celebration featuring pup-friendly vendors, a pet parent spelling bee, live music from local artist D.T. Buffkin, and plenty to nosh from The Good Kind’s full kitchen and bar menu. Pups are invited to bring their pet parents along and visit the restaurant’s spacious outdoor lounge. Though the celebration runs from 6-10 pm, The Good Kind is encouraging the whole pack to show up for pre-party festivities, with yappy hour running from 3-6 pm and featuring half off select appetizers, $3 wells, and $8 Southclaws (The Good Kind’s signature frozen margarita topped with a White Claw hard seltzer). The Good Kind is located at 1127 S. St. Mary’s St.

It sure is sweet when local restaurants pay it forward to the community. Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café, located at The Shops at La Cantera, is celebrating its second birthday by benefiting two area charities the eatery partnered with during its grand opening: the San Antonio Food Bank and Culinaria. Through Sweet Paris’ Eat Here, Feed There give-back program, the café plans to donate 5 percent from all crepes sold during the month of September. “Giving back is just a part of our company tradition,” says Stephan Raveneau of Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café. “We’re thrilled to be celebrating our second anniversary and thankful we can give back to this community, which has welcomed us so warmly.” Visit the café’s website for more info and to get your mouth watering in anticipation of your crepe-tastic visit.

If there’s anything worse during a Texas summer than the oppressive heat, it’s got to be those darn mosquitos. But now, thanks to the National Beer of Texas, we can zap those little suckers while kicking back with a cold brew and sharing in some Lone Star pride. San Antonio-based Lone Star Beer, in collaboration with advertising agency Callen, has created the world’s first neon bar sign that doubles as a fully functioning mosquito zapper! The 4-by-4-foot neon is branded to celebrate the recent launch of Lone Star Agave Seltzers, the company’s first hard seltzer product. Lone Star lovers (and mosquito warriors) can watch for the neon zapper to make appearances around Texas this year and next as part of various promotions.