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Kerbey Lane relocating South Lamar location

Gary Dinges
gdinges@statesman.com

Kerbey Lane Cafe will move its South Lamar Boulevard location this year to a new spot three blocks away with twice as much space, the company said Monday.

In addition to extra room for diners, the move to the Corners shopping center at 3005 S. Lamar Blvd. will allow for a bigger kitchen, patio dining and more parking.

Employees will be added, as well.

"It's kind of bittersweet," said Allison Bright, the restaurant's marketing director. "We're sad to leave a place we've been for so many years, but we're excited about being able to better serve our customers."

The around-the-clock restaurant known for its pancakes and queso is crammed into just under 3,000 square feet at 2700 S. Lamar Blvd. The new location spans almost 5,500 square feet.

"We've been at our current location for 25 years now," Bright said. "We're bursting at the seams."

Waits during peak times can be especially long, according to employees. "It can get up to 90 minutes, so hopefully, this will cut down on that," said Michelle McClendon, a waitress.

In its new home, Kerbey Lane will join Half Price Books, as well as several other restaurants, many of them locally owned. Neighbors will include Torchy's Tacos, Rockin' Tomato Pizza Co. and Baker Street Pub and Grill.

But longtime customers say they'll stick with Kerbey Lane, which has five locations in Austin.

"The food's pretty good, and it's open 24 hours," Mark Lee said. "When I first moved to Austin, there weren't many places like this."

Bright promises loyal diners won't be disappointed. Though the address will be different, she said the atmosphere will stay the same.

"This won't be a cookie-cutter location," Bright said. "We're going to stay true to our style — the '04 state of mind," she said, referring to the 78704 ZIP code.

gdinges@statesman.com; 912-5987

Kerbey Lane Cafe locations

3704 Kerbey Lane

2700 S. Lamar Blvd.

2606 Guadalupe St.

13435 U.S. 183 N., Suite 415

4301 W. William Cannon Drive