When Drew Curren first signed up to operate a restaurant at Austin’s new state-of-the-art Central Library, which opened in October downtown near Lady Bird Lake to much acclaim, one of his then-partners in the ELM Restaurant Group came to him with an inspired thought. “He said, ‘Man, I got a goofy idea. What if we named the café Cookbook?’” Curren remembers. “And I was like, oh, that’s kinda cute. We can just source all the recipes from my cookbook collection.” Two years later, Cookbook Bar & Café, which opens today at the library’s entrance on West Second Street, does just that: everything on the breakfast and lunch/dinner menus is based on recipes from some of Curren’s favorite chef and restaurant cookbooks, from the whole-wheat raisin…View Original Post
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