Kerbey Lane Cafe resumes plans for new Braker Lane location, will renovate Northwest Austin restaurant in June


Kerbey Lane Cafe is in the permitting process with the city of Austin for its ninth location on Braker Lane.

The local eatery submitted a site plan for review in March, and construction is expected to begin later in 2018 with the restaurant opening likely in late 2019, said Amanda Kuda, Kerbey Lane Cafe’s vice president of communication.

“We’re just as anxious as everyone else to get that location moving,” she said.

The new 5,800-square-foot restaurant—located at 1806 W. Braker Lane, Austin, next to the U.S. Postal Service—will have seating for around 266 guests and also have a large outdoor patio, Kuda said.

Also new to the Braker Lane location will be a homier design that Kerbey Lane Cafe has been pursuing for its newer locations. The new design by Kris Swift of Future Design Now will also be incorporated into the Mueller location opening later in 2018 in the new Texas Mutual Insurance Co. building on Aldrich Street.

“Mueller will have a different homey vibe from some of our newer stores here in Central Austin,” Kuda said. “Most of our remodeled stores have a vintage diner vibe. This will be more warm and inviting and more to the homey feel of the original store on Kerbey Lane.”

The shell of the Mueller location is complete, and Kuda said they expect to start the build-out within the next month.

Kerbey Lane Cafe secured a long-term lease for the Braker Lane restaurant four years ago, but the Mueller project and the need to update the Northwest Austin restaurant pushed the Braker location to the back burner.

From June 11-20, Kerbey Lane Cafe will close the Northwest Austin restaurant located at 13435 N. US 183, Ste. 415, Austin, for a facelift that also will include updating the design to the homey feel. That location has been in the Anderson Arbor Shopping Center since 2008.

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  1. This is FANTASTIC news! I used to eat at the original cafe on Kerbey Lane many years ago, and I am thrilled that not only will we finally be getting one on Braker that I can actually “scoot” to when I am no longer able to drive, but that it will have the ambience of the original!! AND, with an outdoor patio to boot! This is a triple play for sure. Thanks, Amy, for sharing the latest news with us.

  2. If they waited 4 years to open they can wait another 4 years because we already have Java Cafe on Metric.

  3. I just spoke AGAIN with Amanda in Kerbey Lane’s marketing dept. and gave her a piece of my mind! STILL no word from their architect on OUR Braker Lane project, but I noticed on Google that KL is very busy building their other “different” cafe with a big-time chef! I last spoke with her in late July, and she told me then that the permitting dept. still had a few “questions,” but that their architect was handling it. HAH!! So, the comment about it being “another 4 years” may be more true than we thought. I told Amanda the next time she hears from me will be in person, not over the phone, and that if she thought I was mad today, she hasn’t SEEN me mad! I hope that you, Amy, will do a follow-up on this story.

Amy Denney
Amy has been reporting in community journalism since 2007. She worked in the Chicago suburbs for three years before migrating south and joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2010. Amy has been editor of the Northwest Austin publication since August 2012 and she is also the transportation beat reporter for the Austin area.
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