Root Cellar Cafe

The Root Cellar Café sits on the bottom floor of the historic Donaldson building, on the corner of Fort St. (now Hopkins) and Austin St. (now LBJ). This building has known many faces. originally it was “G.W. Donaldson & Co. Hardware Store” and later “Bond’s Café and Restaurant” in the 1930’s. It has housed several businesses, some of the most notable being the original location for the Paper Bear and Wesray’s Café. We opened our doors in February 2005, and we’re very proud to be a continuing part of the rich history of this sacred place, now known as San Marcos, Texas.

Root Cellar Catering

Root Cellar Catering is a locally inspired group devoted to serving delicious food, using only the freshest ingredients presented in an elegant, relaxed style. We specialize in serving house-made, Americana fare with an artisanal twist. We take the time to make our food from scratch, using ingredients from local Texas farms whenever possible, and baking our own breads daily. Not only is the food delectable but our welcoming, attentive staff are sure to make your experience a wonderful one.

The Coffee Bar

Part of the Root Cellar family, we’re serving hot coffee, cold beer, and live music on the Square. A great place to wind up with coffee or “wine” down with a glass of merlot. Don’t forget to grab one of our in-house baked pastries and do some serious people watching in the heart of downtown San Marcos!

Rhea's Ice Cream

Rhea’s Ice Cream is part of our growing root cellar family! handcrafted, local, and downright delicious, all of Rhea’s small batch ice cream is made right here in the heart of the hill country. Visit locations in San Marcos, Gruene, and new braunfels.

The River

Our beautiful mermaid mural lives on the wall behind root cellar bakery. it reminds us that the river is the heart of San Marcos. We are conscientious of the footprint we make, and strive to use sustainable goods whenever possible. Why the mermaid? The mermaid has become the mascot of San Marcos. She promotes stewardship and conservation. We are proud sponsors of the Mermaid Society!

Feeding the Community

We believe that strong community ties are what bind us together. When your neighbor falls, you lend a hand and help them up. Our work with the Hays County Food Bank through our “Desserts for a Difference” initiative has raised over $4,000 yearly for the food bank.

The annual Foodstock celebration is the creation of our owner, Kyle Mylius, who wanted to combine his passion for music and his compassion for those in need. This all day event hosts local musicians, artists, and vendors, with proceeds going to help feed the most vulnerableof our community.