Magnolia Table

Richard Haberman with H&H Sign Co. welds the Magnolia Table sign on its supports early this month.

Scotty’s Brewhouse, based in Indianapolis, has all but completed its remodeling of the former Twin Peaks building in Central Texas Marketplace and will open to the public March 5 to serve burgers, salads, wings and craft beer, the general manager of the restaurant said Friday.

Vacant since a brawl and shootout in 2015 that claimed the lives of nine bikers, and which sparked legal jousting that continues today, the 7,800-square-foot structure built to resemble a hunting lodge represents the growing chain’s foray into the Texas market.

Kelly Silva, who will manage the local version of Scotty’s Brewhouse, would not bite when asked about possible concern over the site’s troubled past.

“We’re just happy to be here,” Silva said Friday, during a break in training the 140 people who will staff the establishment.

She said Scotty’s Brewhouse will host an invitation-only soft opening Friday and Saturday, ahead of the grand opening March 5, the following Monday.

Silva, an 18-month employee of the chain, was transferred to Waco from Indianapolis. She said the curious, driving through the parking lot of Central Texas Marketplace, have stopped often to inquire about opening day.

“Waco, so far, has been so nice, so accommodative and friendly,” Silva said. “So much is happening in this community, and we wanted to be part of it.”

Hours will be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday and 11 a.m. to midnight Wednesday through Saturday. Silva said she has completed most of her hiring but is accepting applications.

Magnolia Table

Several reliable sources have whispered that Magnolia Table, a restaurant “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines envision on Waco’s traffic circle, will host a soft opening sometime this week, possibly as early as Monday.

Magnolia spokesman Brock Murphy had not responded to email messages seeking official comment Friday. The parking lot of Magnolia Table was brimming during the noon hour Thursday, reportedly filled by invited guests and employees smoothing out wrinkles.

The Gaineses bought the building that housed the former Elite Cafe after it closed in February 2016 because of slow business. The Elite had been in Waco about a century, first downtown and then on the traffic circle at the confluence of LaSalle Avenue, Valley Mills Drive and U.S. Highway 77, where the Gaineses have spent about $2 million on renovations.

Joanna Gaines has hinted in blog posts that fine tuning continues for opening day, and suggested the occasion is just around the corner.


Taylor Kent, 25, who graduated from China Spring High School in 2011, has made quite a career for herself in the fashion industry. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, received a degree in Fashion Business Management, and is now an account executive in the “off price and private label” department of Three Dots in New York City.

In an email message, she mentioned that Dillard’s in Richland Mall is carrying a Made in America V-Neck T-shirt in partnership with Three Dots. It is priced at $49, comes in three colors and is a new tee category for the company.

“I came up with the idea to reach out to Dillard’s because I used to shop every weekend at Dillard’s in Richland Mall,” Kent wrote in an email. “Growing up in China Spring, I always dreamed of working in the fashion industry, and Dillard’s helped my fashion obsession while waiting to move to New York. I also lived and worked in fashion for a few years in Los Angeles.”

VW dealership permit

After several years of promising to build a Volkswagen dealership in Waco, Hewlett Volkswagen in Georgetown is getting serious.

It has secured a building permit to place a VW store at 1401 West Loop 340, in Waco’s Motor Mile, with the project valued at $3 million, according to a newsletter from the local Associated General Contractors of America office.

Building permit roundup

  • Coca-Cola plant, 8400 Imperial Drive, warehouse addition, $16 million
  • West Village building shells for retail development, 921 S. Ninth St. and 921 S. 10th St., at Interstate 35, $750,000 apiece
  • McDonald’s Corp., 906 S. Sixth St., interior remodel, $100,000
  • Balcones Distilling, 224 S. 11th St., office finish-out, no estimate given
  • American Bank remodeling, 1601 N. Interstate 35, no estimate given.

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