Kerbey Lane Expansion
Austin’s favorite 24/7 diner chain Kerbey Lane Cafe is expanding into San Marcos as part of the Texas State University. Kerbey Lane will take over Saltgrass Steakhouse space at 221 Sessom Drive starting in 2020 (Saltgrass’ lease ends on December 31, 2019). The ten-year lease was approved by the Texas State University Systems Board of Regents last week. This is the chain’s second non-Austin location after Round Rock.
San Antonio Chick-fil-A Investigation
The Federal Aviation Administration is looking into the San Antonio city council’s decision to not approve of fast-food chain Chick-fil-A’s expansion into the city’s airport as possible discrimination over the chain’s religious beliefs. The council blocked Chick-fil-A’s potential opening in lfight of its continuing anti-LGBTQ donations, as expressed by councilperson Roberto Treviño. Later, Mayor Ron Nirenberg said that that wasn’t the case and the denial was because they wanted to include local restaurants in the airport rather than chains.
Downtown Food Hall Name Change
The name of that forthcoming downtown development which would contain Austin’s next food hall has been changed. Formerly known as Block 71, the new area will be called Indeed Tower. The food hall itself, which will take up 25,000 square feet, will be found within the space’s historic post office building Claudia Taylor Johnson Hall. Everything is set to open in March 2021.
Beer Ridesharing Discount
Newcomer far south Austin’s appropriately named South Austin Beer Garden is offering ten percent discounts to those customers who arrive via ridesharing apps. People will have to show their receipt when paying for drinks and/or food.