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Cheesy new cafe spreads into Austin with charcuterie boards, sandwiches, and more

Cheesy new cafe spreads into Austin with charcuterie boards and more

Spread $ Co.
Start spreading the news — Austin's newest cafe is opening in late October. Courtesy photo

When news first broke that Spread & Co. was opening in the former Russell’s Bistro space at 1601 W. 38th St., it promised to be a charming spot to knock back a cheese board or two. Turns out owners Rosemary and Austin Ewald will offer a whole lot more than cheese boards when the concept opens October 22.

An October 16 release rolls out the full details. Cheese and charcuterie will still have a definite pride of place, but the restaurant will also be a morning cafe serving sandwiches, creative salads, and an easygoing breakfast.

Rosemary founded the concept in 2016 as a delivery service. Husband Austin, formerly of Grizzelda’s and Jacoby’s, joined the project in 2019 to help it grow into a brick-and-mortar. The menu reflects the couple’s commitment to quality sourcing and scratch cooking.

Though the breakfast offerings include light dishes like avocado toast with pistachio dukkah (a nutty Egyptian condiment) and a kefir and granola bowl with macerated seasonal fruit, there are plenty of choices for guests who want to throw down, like the Croque Oui Oui with raclette cheese, a rosti plate with créme fraîche, and brioche doughnuts served with house jam and cultured butter.

Lunch switches over to composed salads and twists on classic sandwiches. The chicken salad adds green goddess dressing to the mix, and the Spamwhich amusingly replaces canned meat with a pork terrine.

Helping the Ewalds on desserts and baked goods will be Cory Green, a vet of carb wonderland Easy Tiger. In addition to helming the bread program, the sous chef is also rolling out dessert boards filled with chocolates and other sweets.

And, yes, there will still be boards available both to-go and for enjoying in the dining room. Grab-and-go items will include “Adultables,” more refined versions of the perennially popular after-school snack.

The cheesiness even extends to the interior. Local artist Claire Ferguson was drafted to create a custom mural inspired by Spread’s lavish boards.

The Ewalds will begin with morning and afternoon service, but the release promises a host of developments in the weeks to come, including dinner hours, classes, and beer and wine.