Palmer’s Restaurant, Bar & Courtyard is celebrating 45 years of continued business in the San Marcos community this May.

The restaurant, located at 218 Moore St., was established in 1978 by founder Michael Palmer McKinster. Later, the Haug brothers took over, and in May 2010, Monte and Kristin Sheffield became the current owners.

After being in business for 45 years, Monte said they have had to work to stay up to date with “current new vibes.”

Palmer’s has also made minor enhancements and additions to the layout of the building.

“We moved the greenhouse and put the garden patio in to extend our private dining options and courtyard dining, and we also renovated the guesthouse and added the little private patio on the back side of the guest house,” Kristin said.

The restaurant serves a variety of appetizers, such as boudin balls and Hill Country Caprese. There is also an assortment of signature creations, pastas and salads.

“One of our local patrons said it best: ‘There are plenty of places to eat in San Marcos, but Palmer’s is the only place to dine,’” Monte said.

The Sheffields' goal is to get to 50 years and continue to be a staple for the San Marcos community.

“We just kind of want to stay on top for those guests the years they’ve been coming here and the years to come is just to know that when they walk in, they’re gonna have something spectacular and fabulous,” Monte said.

Palmer’s will feature a celebratory menu from May 17-21. The restaurant is open Wednesdays-Saturdays from 4 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Brunch is available on Sundays from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.