I was super excited to see the news this week that the new library downtown will have a cookbook-themed cafe from the restaurant group that runs Easy Tiger and 24 Diner.
Weíve known that there will be an eatery in the library for a few years now, but it was unclear who would run it. Apparently, no other restaurant groups officially bid on the project. (Side note: I think we could interpret this as a sign of a less risk-averse restaurant industry†at the moment. The cityís first serious food-library partnership is an unproven concept, but Iím genuinely surprised that more restaurants didnít want to take on that risk.)
The city received some inquiries, but it was the Easy Tiger/24 Diner/Italic/Ireneís team that came up with a cookbook cafe concept that ó hereís where the fun really starts for me ó ďwill have a changing menu compiled directly from cookbooks available for library checkout,Ē said Lauraine Rizer, Austinís officer of real estate services.
I mean, seriously. Can you imagine ordering†an Ottolenghi dish and loving it so much that you check out the cookbook it came from? The cafe will certainly become a place for food-related book clubs to meet or local cookbook authors to host their events.
Itís a small thing, I know, but I am ridiculously excited about this creative new culinary space if only because it will put cookbooks in a different kind of light.
What do you think about this cookbook cafe idea? Which cookbooks or authors would you love to see featured?