Update: Almost exactly one year ago, Chip and Joanna Gaines started renovation on the historic Elite Cafe in Waco, TX. Then, in June, they announced the renovated building would become home to their newest business venture, a restaurant called Magnolia Table. Since then, the couple also revealed that their beloved HGTV show Fixer Upper will soon come to an end, making the new restaurant even more exciting for superfans. Naturally, Joanna Gaines understands how thrilled people are about this project, so recently, she threw a tiny update our way.
In an Instagram post shared yesterday, Gaines wrote, "The restaurant is getting so close. Magnolia Table will be open soon and we can’t believe it?!?" The two photos accompanying the update showed her and Chip putting their handprints into a cement floor laid for the restaurant. That means one day "soon" we will be able to visit and see the HGTV stars handprints IRL. It'll be like a home renovator's version of Grauman's Chinese Theatre, but with a brunch menu. What could be better?
At this point, Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV's Fixer Upper, are practically running the town of Waco, TX. People travel there specifically to shop around at their Magnolia Market at the Silos, taste Joanna's sweets from her Silos Baking Co, and stay at their vacation rental, Magnolia House. Recently, the couple added yet another jewel in their glittering crown of Waco attractions with the purchase of an iconic cafe. According to Joanna Gaines' blog, the couple bought the Elite Cafe last year when it closed after almost 100 years of serving the people of Waco. Now, Chip and Joanna are working on transforming it into their own breakfast restaurant, and key details about the project were just shared.
In her most recent blog post, Joanna wrote that in addition to running their business, Magnolia Homes and keeping up with all their other ventures, this summer, she and Chip are primarily focused on getting their new breakfast cafe up and running. After admitting that they knew that jumping into the restaurant business was a risk — although we're not worried because everything these two touch seems to turn to gold — the designer went into the detail about why they chose transforming the Elite Cafe as their next big project. She explained that almost everyone in Waco has a memory at the cafe, including herself and her husband, so when in 2016, the restaurant closed its doors, the couple knew they "couldn't let a place with such a rich history be forgotten."
The biggest restaurant news that Joanna revealed on her blog is the cafe's new name and most importantly, what will be be on the menu. The couple chose to call the place Magnolia Table because they wanted the name to "convey the idea that all are welcome here." It also fits pretty seamlessly in with the rest of their Magnolia-branded businesses. Once it's open, which the pair hopes will happen at the end of 2017, Magnolia Table will serve breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Though we haven't gotten a peek at the full menu, Joanna did share some favorite items that will be offered like Chip's famous ham sandwich, the Farm Eggs Benedict, the Gaines Brothers Burger, and homemade pies, biscuits and crafted jams and butters.