‘225’: Family-owned Mason’s Grill reflects on 20 years in business

    Twenty years ago, Mason’s Grill looked quite different than it does today.
    The popular Baton Rouge brunch spot once offered little more than a coffee-shop menu, with a few muffins, and nine tables inside and four tables outside, as 225 reports in a recent feature reflecting on the restaurant’s 20 years in business.
    Mason’s, which is best known today for its bloody marys and burgers, was originally a coffee shop called The Daily Grind. Owner Mike Alfandre began toying around with adding a few breakfast items to the menu—eggs Florentine, French toast. It wasn’t long before the shop was serving brunch, then lunch and then dinner.
    One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is the family-owned operation. When Mason’s Grill opened, 13-year-old Kristin Alfandre was waiting tables, while her father Mike manned the kitchen and her mother Shirlee managed the rest. Two decades later, the trio still spend their days running the restaurant and chatting with customers—or, as the Alfandres consider them, extended family.
    “There’s Mr. Frank, Kristin says, who brought his two boys in every Sunday for years,” reads the 225 story. “Kristin watched as they celebrated their high school graduations at Mason’s and again when they celebrated college graduations. Some regulars at the bar even had their wedding ceremony with Mason’s.”
    Read the full story here, detailing the restaurant’s last 20 years. To celebrate its anniversary, Mason’s is offering its Bottomless Champagne Brunch all day until Sunday. Send any comments to editor@225batonrouge.com.