Located inside the library, ELM Restaurant Group created a co-working café environment where patrons can eat and educate themselves about dishes from some of the world's best cookbooks

Cookbook Bar & Café, an Austin, Texas-based cookbook-centric concept library, recently opened a space for culinary connoisseurs to read some of the world’s best cookbooks before trying the dishes out at its partner restaurant. By creating a cookbook “library,” executives at ELM Restaurant Group strive to get food lovers to engage with food print media again while simultaneously driving traffic to their restaurant.

The concept space opened in the Austin Central Library in June 2018 and primarily functions as a counter-service eatery and library hybrid. Executive chef Drew Curren says of the location, “While we wanted the concept to be an amenity to the library, we also wanted it to be exciting enough to draw people to the restaurant.” In an effort to create an integrated and immersive space for customers, the café’s dining room features indoor and outdoor spaces to enjoy the culinary creations.

As the space features an ever-changing menu and stacked shelves, customers can enjoy endless eatery options while educating themselves on all food and beverage-related topics. To set the stage, the café restaurant is lined with vintage cookbook-printed wallpaper. Built-in bookshelves serve as a centerpiece for the reading area. Adjacently, guests can enjoy a set of curated breakfast and lunch dishes as well as literary-inspired cocktail offerings selected from the cookbooks they just browsed, bringing the pages to life in an immersive experience.

Cookbook Bar & Café

Cookbook Bar & Café, an Austin, Texas-based cookbook-centric concept library, recently opened a space for culinary connoisseurs to read some of the world’s best cookbooks before trying the dishes out at its partner restaurant. By creating a cookbook “library,” executives at ELM Restaurant Group strive to get food lovers to engage with food print media again while simultaneously driving traffic to their restaurant.

The concept space opened in the Austin Central Library in June 2018 and primarily functions as a counter-service eatery and library hybrid. Executive chef Drew Curren says of the location, “While we wanted the concept to be an amenity to the library, we also wanted it to be exciting enough to draw people to the restaurant.” In an effort to create an integrated and immersive space for customers, the café’s dining room features indoor and outdoor spaces to enjoy the culinary creations.