A conversation with the CEO and CFO of Kerbey Lane Cafe

We talk business with Mason and Christina Ayer about the Austin staple and its expansion plans.

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Kerbey Lane Cafe’s location in San Antonio at The Rim shopping center.

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Kerbey Lane Cafe, an Austin staple, has branched out into Alamo City near The Rim shopping district. If you’re ever craving pancakes, queso, or a delicious happy hour drink, this is the next spot you need to try.

City Editor Nicholas spoke with Mason + Christina Ayer, CEO and CFO of Kerbey Lane Cafe, to discuss the diner’s interest in San Antonio, a future second location, and its goals on becoming an Alamo City resource with its Kerbey Kindness campaign.

Let’s dig in.

Editor’s note: This interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.

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Learn about Kerbey Lane Cafe’s mission and get the inside scoop about its second San Antonio location.

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What was the inspiration behind Kerbey Lane Cafe?

Mason: Kerbey Lane Cafe is older than both of us, it’s a business my parents started just a couple of months before I was born. Kerbey Lane’s inspiration has been the same since it started 43 years ago which is: High quality food at an affordable price, and creating a place where everyone is welcomed.

What was the decision behind bringing a location to San Antonio?

Mason: From a logistics standpoint it would be easier to open in San Antonio than Houston or Dallas, but we also just really enjoy being in the Alamo City. I’m a lifelong Spurs fan and have been going to games since I was a kid, so I’ve spent a lot more time there than I have in other Texas metro areas. I could see myself living in San Antonio and enjoying it too, the decision to plant a Kerbey Lane there just felt right.

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Be sure to try one of its happy hour drinks like the Kerbey Dreamsicle or the House Margarita.

Photo by Kerbey Lane Cafe

Are you looking to partner with San Antonio nonprofits as part of your Kerbey Kindness initiative?

Christina: We officially launched our giving platform, Kerbey Kindness, in January 2023, but we have been giving back to the community before then. We have four pillars in our philosophy, nutrition, health + wellness, education, and family + animal welfare. How we support these pillars is that in each fiscal quarter of the year, we will partner with a local nonprofit organization and proceeds from our special pancake flavor will go to that group.

San Antonio is no exception, if a nonprofit would like to apply to be a part of Kerbey Kindness, we encourage them to do so.

Are there any expansion plans in the works?

Mason: I’m glad you asked. We are in the process of finalizing the details for a second location in San Antonio. While we haven’t signed the lease just yet, we do have a Letter of Intent for a building on Broadway in the Alamo Heights neighborhood. Realistically the project won’t start until the end of 2024, beginning of 2025.

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