The Slippery Minnow Bar & Grill on Lake Waco has new owners, an expanded menu and plans for live music, said employee Keith Schroeder, who thinks Waco will like the changes.

“This place used to serve munchies, and you ordered at the bar,” said Schroeder, who reportedly spent time employed at Cheddars, Chuy’s and Newks Eatery at Central Texas Marketplace.

Now a host seats guests who order from a menu “that includes everything from fish to burgers,” said Schroeder, adding each Thursday evening is “steak night,” which showcases a 32-to-36-ounce “Tomahawk” ribeye.

New owners are Dustin Stewart and Kris Ward, who previously operated Spring Valley Tavern in Lorena, Schroeder said in a phone interview.

“We’re already seeing three times the business,” said Schroeder, adding the establishment seats up to 250 patrons, has space for private parties and has placed a houseboat nearby for rentals.

It is open from 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight on Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Kick-off luncheon

Baylor University head football coach Matt Rhule will speak at the 29th annual kick-off sports luncheon the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce will host at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 22 at the Ferrell Center.

Deadline for ordering tickets is Tuesday. Individual tickets are priced at $45, while tables are available for $450. Those with questions may call Amanda Haygood at 757-5611 or Ariel Tesch at 757-5605.

Recycle food waste

Urban Reap, a renewable energy and agriculture project of Mission Waco, needs donations of the public’s food waste, according to Jimmy Dorrell, executive director of the non-profit ministry.

“If you want to make a difference in God’s sustainable world, then don’t throw your food scraps into the garbage anymore,” Dorrell wrote in a newsletter. “Instead, find a clean bucket for those table scraps and drop them by Mission Waco’s ‘Urban Reap’ effort at North 15th Street and Colcord Avenue, next door to Jubilee Food Market, anytime during the day. With our new commercial food waste composter, we can turn your food scraps into rich and productive compost. It’s a win/win.”

The public is invited to attend a grand opening of Mission Waco’s composter, aquaponics, solar and rainwater systems at the grand opening of Urban Reap at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22.

Dorrell said 170 pounds of scrap food is needed each day. But he noted Urban Reap does not want large bones, plastic products, medicine or chemicals, fruit pits or stems, orange peeling unless chopped, tea bags, cloth, tape, oyster or clam shells, cooking oils, glass, batteries or cigarettes, metal, coated paper, grasses or manure.

New home health service

Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Home Health have joined forces to create a home healthcare service called Texas Home Health Group.

It will operate in much of north and central Texas, delivering home health services in 57 counties from eight locations: Brenham, College Station, Huntsville, Marble Falls, McKinney, Taylor, Temple and Waco.

Staff and care team members from each entity, and spokesman Erik Halvorson said that includes 265 nurses, therapists and staff members.

The newly formed Texas Home Health Group will accept Medicare and most major insurance carriers. All home healthcare requires a physician’s order, said Halvorson, but patients can choose who provides the service.

James H. Hinton, president and CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health, and AccentCare CEO Steve Rodgers both said in prepared statements they think the joint effort will mean better care for patients and families.

AccentCare is the parent of Texas Home Health.

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