New owner takes over area café


A veteran in the restaurant business who has managed various establishments has purchased Alamo Springs Café.

Brian O’Neill, who has managed establishments such as Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, Uchi, Max’s Wine Dive and Gus’s Fried Chicken, will take his love of hospitality to the Hill Country, according to a spokesman.

Alamo Springs is located at 107 Alamo Road, between Fredericksburg and Comfort.

O’Neill took ownership of the 12-year-old business in March 2019.

“I fell in love when I first saw this wonderful restaurant in the midst of 10 acres of rugged, historic Hill Country property,” he said. “Once I sat down with a bacon cheeseburger, onion rings, and a beer, I was sold. It is the best burger you will ever have and the space and staff make you feel at home.”

Alamo Springs is most known for its Cover Burger, a half-pound cheeseburger that was featured on the cover of Texas Monthly in 2009.

Alamo Springs serves lunch and dinner five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday, with a menu including burgers, sandwiches, salads, daily specials and various appetizers.

Music is played on Friday and Saturday nights from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Burgers are made to order and include add-ons such as cheese, roasted garlic, fried onions, bacon and green chilis.

Desserts include house-made buttermilk and pecan pie and fruit cobblers.

Alamo Springs also offers the Jeffe’s Challenge, a burger which features six beef patties, six slices of cheese, fixings and a larger order of fries.

The meal must be consumed in 30 minutes and the participant must sit at the table for 15 minutes more.

If successful, the burger is free and the winner receives a T-shirt and has their photo displayed.

“We get around five people per week who attempt to join the wall of fame,” O’Neill said. “It always creates a celebration in the restaurant — even if the challenger fails.”

Alamo Springs sits adjacent to Old Tunnel State Park, an old railroad tunnel which ceased operation in 1942.

The tunnel has since become a bat cave and has been managed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department since 2012.

For more information on Alamo Springs Café, its food, hours or entertainment listings, call 830-990-8004 or visit