Zoës Kitchen is located near the new Starbucks and Potbelly restaurants in the shopping center at Bagby Avenue and Interstate 35 anchored by Gander Mountain.

Staff photo— Jerry Larson, file

Zoës Kitchen, a fast-casual chain that serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes, will open a Waco location on Oct. 27. It was built in the Gander Mountain-anchored center at Bagby Avenue and South Valley Mills Drive.

With the opening, Zoës Kitchen will operate 42 restaurants in Texas and 163 nationwide.

“We are thrilled to become a part of the Waco community and expand our presence in Texas,” said regional operator Jeff McGrory, in a prepared statement. “At Zoës, our mission is to deliver goodness from the inside out. We provide nutritious, high-quality, made-from-scratch meals to our guests and deliver them with genuine Southern hospitality and attentive service.”

To celebrate its Waco opening, Zoës Kitchen is giving away 500 entrees at the Waco location, where there also is a chance to win a grand prize of free Zoës dishes for a year. The contest has begun and will continue until the opening on Oct. 27.

Those wanting to participate can visit the Zoës Kitchen Facebook page at

Signature dishes at Zoës include salads, chicken and salmon kabobs, steak rollups and hummus. The chain also offers a variety of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. There are no fryers or microwaves at Zoës.

The Waco location seats about 84 guests in the dining room and 28 guests in the patio area. The new location plans to offer beer and wine. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Food truck serves Indian food

A food truck called The Tandoori Trailer held a soft opening Saturday at Franklin Avenue and University Parks Drive, where it will sell such Indian dishes as chicken tandoori, butter chicken, Chicken curry, paneer malhani and massala papad.

It gave away T-shirts, koozies and samples to introduce itself to Waco.

The trailer reportedly will open nightly on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays for the next few weeks, then will expand its schedule to possibly include lunchtime service, according to information the trailer has circulated.

Dwyer Group reacquires Drain Doctor

The Dwyer Group, a Waco-based franchising empire, is expanding its influence abroad by reacquiring the master franchise license for Drain Doctor in the United Kingdom, which is comparable to the Mr. Rooter franchise in the United States.

Drain Doctor was established by Freddie and Jan Mitman in 1993 and has grown to become the largest combined plumbing and draining company in the UK, with 80 locations operating today, according to a Dwyer Group news release.

The Mitmans, who were attracted to the accomplishments of Dwyer Group service brands in America, purchased a master license from the company and introduced Drain Doctor. They have decided to retire, and sold the master license back to the Dwyer Group.

“This is a momentous day for the international strength and commitment we are making to support and grow our most successful franchise network abroad,” said Mike Bidwell, president and CEO of the Dwyer Group.

Jan Mitman said, “We are extremely happy that Dwyer Group has taken up the challenge of building the Drain Doctor network still further. Their track record proves that they will be the ideal leaders for the task ahead.

“Drain Doctor will, so to speak, stay in the family,” she said.

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