The Digest: Meet the new Kerbey Lane

Kerbey south closing Sunday; new Kerbey opens Jan. 25
Bad news and good news for fans of 24-hour institution Kerbey Lane Cafe. The shop at 2700 S. Lamar Blvd. will close at 3 p.m. Sunday to get ready for the move a little farther south to 3003 S. Lamar in the former Blockbuster Video space. The new shop will open to the public on Wednesday (Jan. 25) sometime in the afternoon or early evening, according to Carl Leefe, food and facilities director for Kerbey Lane, which has five Austin locations. Check the website at for updates.
The new space takes a more modernist design turn than Kerbey’s other shops, with a stacked-block feature on one wall, and a white screen on another wall that looks like a Connect Four grid that looks into a dining room dressed with prange walls, blond wood and droplights with planetary rings. The bar is set with cornflower blue tile on the trim walls and kickwall, and the stools are brown upholstery on chrome stands. The effect is part soda fountain, part lunch counter, with a view straight through to the kitchen. The exterior sign brings a welcome sheath of white polka dot armor to the tan brick exterior, a kind of futuristic landing pad in a center with its roots planted in the utilitarian past. Kerbey Lane Cafe joins recent arrivals Baker St. Pub and Torchy’s Tacos.
Other recent openings and closings
Opening Friday (Jan. 20): Todd Duplechan, former chef de cuisine of Trio at the Four Seasons, will open his new Lenoir restaurant at the former Somnio’s Cafe at 1807 S. First St. 215-9778, The website lists a three-course prix-fixe menu for $30. Open 5 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
Opening Monday (Jan. 23): Easy Tiger, the bakeshop, cafe and bar from the creators of 24 Diner, at 709 E. Sixth St.  With a menu by 24’s Drew Curren and breads by Bouley Bakery veteran David Norman.
Open: Jino’s Sushi & Bisro at the former site of Bistro 88 in Rollingwood at 2712 Bee Cave Road. 347-7077, The restaurant, whose general manager worked for Suzi’s China Grill in Rollingwood before it closed last year, was originally called Susi Bistro. Jino’s has hired Chef Choo, formerly of Afin Modern Japanese Tapas.
Open: Maoz, the vegetarian sandwich chain, at the Triangle at 4601 N. Lamar Blvd. 323-2259,
New at the Hill Country Galleria: The seafood grill Cafe Bleu and a Southwestern cafe called Chisos Grill. On the way: All-Star Burger.
Open: The Soup Coup, a trailer doing soup and sandwiches next to El Azteca restaurant at 2604 E. Seventh St. 348-7687, Facebook page here.
On the horizon: Hillside Farmacy, a casual take-out venue from Sonya Cote of East Side Show Room. In the same block that used to house Gene’s Po’ Boys and never quite housed the Fork N Icehole concept at 1209 E. 11 th St. 467-4280,
Moved: Gourdough’s, the doughnut trailer, from South Lamar Boulevard to a spot next to Izzoz Tacos at 1503 S. First St.
Closed: Get Sum Dim Sum at 4400 N. Lamar Blvd. Their Facebook page says they’re moving, but mentions no details.
Closed: The second location of Bountiful Cafe, in the Shops at the Galleria.
Closed: Hank's Garage, the Belgian-styled bar and grill on San Jacinto Boulevard.
Closing Jan. 31: Shoreline Grill on San Jacinto Boulevard at Lady Bird Lake. The restaurant’s website says, “After 23 years of serving the Austin community, sadly we are announcing that Shoreline Grill will close after Jan. 31.”
(Photos by Mike Sutter © Fed Man Walking)