Buzzard Billy's expansion

Buzzard Billy’s is expanding its building next to the newly opened section of the East RiverWalk.

Staff photo — Rod Aydelotte, file

Buzzard Billy’s, the Cajun-oriented riverfront restaurant across Interstate 35 from McLane Stadium, is expanding by about 5,000 square feet to create the “Swamp Shack,” a dining and relaxation area that will extend over the waters of Lake Brazos, a part-owner said.

“We’re putting in roll-up doors on Monday, and we should have the whole project completed by the first or second week of December,” businessman Paul F. McClinton said.

McClinton owns the establishment with Claude Lindsey, Jim Hawkins and managing partner Diane Nowlain.

McClinton said he hopes the Swamp Shack will do for Buzzard Billy’s what a sprawling riverfront deck and pier did for Manny’s, an upscale Mexican restaurant that since has closed but for a time proved popular with patrons wanting to unwind with drinks or a meal while enjoying the view.

“It is going in next to the new riverwalk, will seat 98 and will serve as a waiting area of sorts for Buzzard Billy’s,” McClinton said. “We get a lot of traffic off the interstate, and we think this will create even more.”

He knows a thing or two about taking advantage of the picturesque setting along the river near downtown, having opened the Brazos Landing Restaurant in 1980 and constructed the first Brazos Queen riverboat to offer dining and cruises. Alas, the city’s malfunctioning low-water dam often sabotaged efforts to make the Brazos Queen a popular tourist attraction.

The original Queen is now docked at Lake Ray Hubbard, and the dam has since been replaced. McClinton said an upgraded Buzzard Billy’s with access to the riverwalk should contribute to the area’s appeal.

Brotherwell Brewing permits

Brotherwell Brewing, founded by business partners David Stoneking, Tommy Mote and Jacob Martinka, has received a manufacturing license from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, along with permits to brew, carry and self-distribute its line of craft beers.

The company posted the permits on its Facebook page, along with photos and videos of crews installing equipment in its expanded facility at 408 E. Bridge St.

Brotherwell hopes to start offering tours of the building soon, as it continues to introduce its product to the Waco market, according to its website.

Silobration award

Magnolia Market at the Silos continues to receive kudos. The Texas Downtown Association named Magnolia’s Silobration the winner in its “Best Promotional Event category for a community with a population over 50,000,” according to a press release from the association.

“Judges enthusiastically selected the event for recognition based on the scope and impact the event made in Downtown Waco,” according to the press release. “The other finalists in this category were Longview’s Downtown Live and Tyler’s Toast to Downtown Tyler.”

A total of 115 entries were submitted in 12 categories.

Silobration, hosted by “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines, offers food, music and games for youngsters at the popular Silos complex. It attracts crowds of between 30,000 and 50,000, according to estimates by city officials.

Cash Mob

The First National Bank of Central Texas continues to promote the endeavors of small businesses and nonprofits through its “Cash Mob” events.

The bank will give each of its more than 100 employees $10 to spend at locally-owned businesses on Black Friday, according to a press release.

A bank official asked employees to send him photos from inside the businesses where they spend the money so he can compile a list.

Building permit roundup

Building permits of note issued last week include:

  • Site grading for The Axis at Legends Crossing, a commercial center planned by Waco real estate agent Jimmy Banks, estimated at $500,000.
  • A new International House of Pancakes restaurant at 1705 N. Interstate 35 in Bellmead, estimated at $965,000.

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