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Better Half Helped Create the Menu at Georgetown’s New Bookstore Cafe

Lark & Owl Booksellers’s new bistro serves up sandwiches, toasts, sangria, and espresso in the Austin suburb

The croque-madame at the Bistro at Lark & Owl Booksellers
The croque-madame at the Bistro at Lark & Owl Booksellers
Cullen Perry
Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Georgetown bookstore Lark & Owl Booksellers is debuting its new cafe with the help of popular all-day Austin restaurant Better Half. While the Bistro at Lark & Owl has been running with a limited menu on 205 West Sixth Street, Suite 101, it will be fully up and running starting on Thursday, August 29.

Lark & Owl, which was founded by ten women, opened in late April. Better Half/Brew & Brew’s Matt Wright connected with the team before the store opened because one of the founders, Mari Ramirez, is his accountant. As a partner, he helped shape the cafe.

Fans of Better Half will recognize a familiar food and drinks menu for breakfast and lunch at Lark. This makes sense, since chef Rich Reimbolt helped consult and give advice on what could be feasible in the small kitchen with limited cooking equipment. Actually overseeing the kitchen is chef James Reedy.

There are salads (yellow curry chicken salad), toasts, sandwiches (like a croque madame), and more. There are also healthy kid-friendly items like granola/fruit/yogurt, as well as vegan and gluten-free fare, the latter including a biscuit. Dinner service will be added later.

Lark’s bar offers draft cocktails, sangria, beer taps with a focus on Central Texas breweries, and a mostly Texas-centered wine list. Coffee-wise, there’s espresso made with beans from Portland roastery Heart. In the near future, it’ll expand with Austin coffee beans from Figure 8, Spokesman, and Patika.

The cafe is found in a space within the bookstore, with outdoor seating found in adjacent beer garden, which had previously belonged to next-door restaurant Monument Cafe.

To celebrate the opening, Lark & Owl is holding a bunch of weekend events and parties starting on Thursday, August 29 with a ribbon cutting ceremony, raffles, a family night with the Georgetown Fire Department and its fire dog Koda, and a live DJ.

Lark & Owl Booksellers

205 W 6th Street, , TX 78626 (512) 688-5582 Visit Website

Bistro at Lark & Owl Booksellers

205 West Sixth Street, Suite 101, Georgetown, Texas 78626 Visit Website