When Alane Cameron and Shari Segalle opened Old River City Cafe nearly 23 years ago, they said they felt the building, located a little more than 2 miles from I-35, seemed to be in the middle of nowhere. As New Braunfels has expanded, however, they said they now feel they are in the perfect location—just far enough from the highway for customers to get out of the hustle-and-bustle and feel at home.
With the goal of creating a wholesome family feeling with an inviting atmosphere and familiar recipes, Cameron and Segalle offer a menu composed of family recipes passed down through generations, and they said they take pride that nothing is prepackaged or cut from a box.
Renee Scheel is the restaurant’s entertainment and marketing manager, and she said she has gotten to know Cameron and Segalle well over the last few years.
“In their opinion, food isn’t just about tasting good or impressing people. It’s about providing a feeling that can only be expressed through the art of food,” Scheel said.
Everything in the restaurant seems to have a story. The walls are decorated with antiques from the owners’ families, gifts from long-time customers and even toys from the owners’ childhoods.
After years of work in the restaurant, Cameron and Segalle began doing favors for friends and family at events. Those favors have evolved into a full-service catering business that does hundreds of events each year.
This fall the restaurant is evolving again. Old RIver City has had the opportunity to work with local, regional and nationally known musicians through the new Rivercity Music Series, and the seasonally landscaped patio will be used year-round.
“We intend to have themed decor out there, music and family activities to give the guests something for everyone to experience,” Scheel said.
Old River City Cafe
2771 FM 725, New Braunfels
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.