Saltgrass Steak House in Legends Crossing will open at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Saltgrass has sites in Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin and San Marcos, as well as Nevada, Colorado, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

Staff photo— Jerry Larson

Saltgrass Steakhouse at Legends Crossing, State Highway 6 at Interstate 35, will open at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Saltgrass’ entrance in the Greater Waco area could mark the start of a showdown between restaurants that offer similar items. That list includes nearby Heitmiller’s Steakhouse.

Saltgrass manager Bill Holmberg said more than 100 people were hired to staff his restaurant, which seats 254.

Saltgrass is part of the Landry’s family of restaurants. Outlets serve steaks, of course, along with seafood, poultry, BBQ baby back ribs and pork chops. There also are the usual burgers, sandwiches and salads.

Saltgrass has sites in Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin and San Marcos, as well as Nevada, Colorado, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

Waco’s 7,600-square-foot facility is near the small lake within Legends Crossing.

“Actually, the menus of Heitmiller’s and Saltgrass are pretty different. I think they will complement each other,” said Jimmy Banks, a real estate agent who markets sites in the development that is close to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center.

Furniture lease

Amish Oak Furniture Co. has signed a lease on 16,575 square feet in Westview Village, the shopping center at Waco and Valley Mills drives.

It is taking the former Cavender’s Boot City space. The company has outlets in San Antonio and New Braunfels,

“They are hoping to be open by Nov. 1,” said Vivian Griffith, a spokeswoman for Hoppenstein Properties, which owns the center.

She said the initial lease expires in December 2016, but Amish Oak has options to extend its time in Westview Village.

The store will sell handmade furniture produced by Amish artisans using hickory, maple, cherry, red oak and white oak, according to its website. The chain also sells gift and food items, including homemade jellies.

Real estate agent Josh Carter helped broker the deal to bring Amish Oak Furniture to Waco.

“I don’t believe there is anything like this locally, and it will add some variety to the city,” Carter said.

He said although the initial lease is only for a year, “I believe they plan to have a long-term presence, considering the size of the capital investment in that site.”

Griffith said remodeling is underway.

Restaurant growth

Sources have confirmed that Chipotle Mexican Grill and Jersey Mike’s Subs, a sandwich chain, will place stores in a retail-restaurant strip called Bear Grounds Plaza, which is planned for an area near South Fourth and Fifth streets and Interstate 35.

The center will go up near the In-N-Out Burger and CVS Pharmacy poised to open soon.

Jersey Mike’s Subs also plans to open on Hewitt Drive, not far from the Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers at 1515 Hewitt Drive, in a deal handled by real estate agent Josh Carter.

Chipotle now has one location at 1115 N. Valley Mills Drive.

Spa start

A 4,000-square-foot building behind the McAlister’s Deli, 4551 W. Waco Drive, is becoming Posh Spa & Lounge.

Michael Doan and his wife, Jessica, will offer manicures, pedicures, massages, waxes and facials.

“With all my fingers crossed, I hope to open by Thanksgiving,” Michael Doan said in a phone interview.

Though McAlister’s and its vehicle-filled parking lot will partially hide the spa business from passing traffic, Doan described it as an ideal location, with plenty of parking and potential clients entering and leaving the restaurant.

Doan said he will feature VIP rooms, where groups can get pampered while attending bridal showers or birthday parties.

He also will have a bar and lounge.

“I see us developing a huge customer base, with word of mouth probably the best way of growing our clientele,” he said.

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