City & State Takes Over Brooks Museum Cafe


Cafe Brooks during the Jimmy Gentry stage
  • Cafe Brooks during the Jimmy Gentry stage

Last Thursday, City & State took over the reins at the cafe in the Brooks Museum, the third entity since January 2017.

Brushmark restaurant, which was run for years by Wally Joe and Andrew Adam and was known for its peanut soup, went away when the Brooks was renovated. The space was turned into a gallery. The area where the old gift store was was earmarked for a new, smaller and more casual cafe.

That space was opened as Cafe Brooks by Paradox and run by local chef Jimmy Gentry. Meanwhile, Lisa Toro, owner of City & State, curated the Brooks' new gift shop.

Paradox still does the Brooks' catering.

The cafe was taken over by Low Fi Coffee, a relatively new business. Low Fi's operation of the Brooks' cafe was deemed a "pop-up."

The space is now called Cafe Brooks by City & State. It serves a menu of coffee drinks and teas, a handful of sandwiches, bagels, snacks, and a couple of salads.

Cafe Brooks is open Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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