Cafe Josie to introduce full bar with cocktails this month

One West Sixth restaurant with a neighborhood vibe is making a big change starting as soon as this weekend: Cafe Josie has applied for a liquor license, which means it’ll have cocktails on the menu in addition to beer and wine.

Laura Skelding/American-Statesman. Cafe Josie, which has always offered beer and wine, is now adding a menu of spirits and cocktails as well.

Laura Skelding/American-Statesman. Cafe Josie, which has always offered beer and wine, is now adding a menu of spirits and cocktails as well.

Cafe Josie has cultivated a faithful following of regulars and wants its diners’ help in putting together the new boozy menu.

“Nathan Etheredge, our esteemed wine buyer, has been diligently working on creating some new cocktails and procuring our bar selections, but feel free to offer your suggestions if you have a favorite,” Cafe Josie owner Cody Taylor wrote in an announcement posted to the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Having cocktails on the menu, as well as an assortment of spirits for sipping straight, is no doubt a boon for any business — but Cafe Josie’s announcement does have a small downside for people who have loved stopping into the West Sixth Street establishment with their favorite bottle of wine in hand. The BYOB aspect, because of the new liquor license, is no longer legal.

“On the flip side, we will no longer be allowed to let diners bring in their own wine,” Taylor wrote. “This is definitely a bummer as we have had some amazing wines shared over the years with us by some of our great guests.”

Cafe Josie expects to have the permit sometime this week, so the new drinks program will be launching by the weekend. For more information, visit cafejosie.com.

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