The new downtown library finally has a cafe tenant, the Austin American Statesman reports.
When the city initially tried to find a restaurant to run the cafe in the library, located in the redevelopment of the Seaholm Power Plant, they didn’t find any takers. This time, they have found one, the Elm Restaurant Group, which runs Easy Tiger, 24 Diner, and Italic.
Elm’s plan is for a “Cookbook Café”, whose menu will change periodically and be culled from recipes in cookbooks that can be checked out from the library.
The city of Austin will give the company $450,000 to make changes to the space and will get $2.3 million in rent over 10 years. The restaurant will have a coffee bar and table service and feature locally sourced food.
The new library will have a performing arts center and an event space for weddings and cocktail mixers when it opens next year and all events will have to use the Cookbook Café for catering. The library is expected to cost $126.6 million.
The new restaurant will at least have a wine bar, but the concept of a full liquor license remains to be brought before the city council.
Located just off Cesar Chavez and West Avenue across from Lady Bird Lake and adjacent to Second Street and the Shoal Creek trail, the Cookbook Café wants to include picnic baskets that could be checked out for the afternoon to enjoy dining al fresco in the park.
If you’re looking to be near the new library and the Cookbook Café, there are lots of amazing apartments in the vicinity.
Northshore apartments are almost next door to the new central library and have one, two, and three bedroom apartments with walk-in closets, quartz and granite counters, stainless steel appliances, floor to ceiling windows with unbelievable views, engineered hardwood floors, and compact fluorescent and LED lighting. Amenities include an infinity-edge pool with private cabanas and sun beds, a fully-equipped catering pantry, executive conference rooms, a controlled access parking garage, and a 24 hour concierge.
AMLI Downtown is popular with those looking for a mid-rise apartment building (as opposed to a highrise), downtown. They welcome large pets, have a fitness center, and some units have downtown views. The apartments have gorgeous concrete floors and black appliances.
AMLI on 2nd is a downtown highrise with skyline and Lady Bird lake views and is located just two blocks from the Cookbook Café. The one and two bedroom units feature stained concrete floors, walls of windows, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.