Welcome to Cookbook Bar & Café, a counter-service eatery in the Austin Central Library. Seasonal menus are curated by Chef Andrew Curren of ELM Restaurant Group, Austin, Texas.


The highly-anticipated Cookbook Bar & Café is opening in June in the Austin Central Library. The counter-service eatery, led by Chef Drew Curren of ELM Restaurant Group, celebrates the culinary-themed publications that are available for guests to browse in the library.

The Cookbook Bar & Café menus pull from recipes from the pages of cookbooks created by revered chefs across the country that have inspired Curren, particularly paying respect to the South and Mexico. Incorporating farm-to-table ingredients whenever possible, the menu will change seasonally.

“It was important that Cookbook Bar & Café was not only an amenity to the new Austin Central Library, but an extension of it,” says Curren. “I wanted there to be an educational piece that tied back to the menu and the books from which the recipes were published. Not to mention, our guests will enjoy an ever-changing menu with no boundaries!”

The restaurant interior was designed by VeroKolt, in partnership with architect Lake Flato, boasting approximately 50 seats inside and 75 seats outside on the patio. The calming space is abundant with notes of whites, browns and blues, complemented by locally sourced white oak and steel and mill work by a variety of local artisans. The large windows allow natural light to pour in, and the shaded patio provides a steady breeze. On the library’s expansive rooftop, Cookbook also offers a coffee cart with drip coffee, a variety of pastries, and more, for patrons to enjoy while taking in beautiful views of the city.