Cafe on the Square is a San Marcos institution.
"Just a downtown old school cafe and all the employees are like family and the customers are like family," Esther Henk with Cafe on the Square said.
It's also one of the few restaurants that allows smoking.
"This is the one place they can come, sit and have a cup of coffee and smoke their cigarettes and do their socializing, their adult time," Henk said.
That's one of the reasons which keeps Steven Cashiola coming back.
"I come here at least once a week,” he said. “I've heard more people talk about how they like it than complain about it."
City leaders say polls of residents tell a different story. Business owners say a smoking ban will hurt customer flow.
“I pretty much won't go somewhere to study,” Cashiola said. “I'll still go there to eat, but I won't go there to study if I can't smoke in there.”
The smoking ban also prohibits lighting up within 15 feet of a door or window, meaning cafe customers won't even be able to smoke outside."
Cashiola says if the ban passes he'll need a new morning routine.
“I'll come in the morning, drink way too much coffee, smoke cigarettes and study,” he said. “I don't know, it's just a homey atmosphere I guess, I'm used to smoke being around me at home."
The new San Marcos smoking ordinance was considered on the first reading by the city council Tuesday. If approved at the next council meeting, the ban on smoking would likely take effect on Jan. 1.