Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper’ announce new restaurant in Waco

Joanna and Chip Gaines (left) of “Fixer Upper.”
plan to open the Magnolia Table in Waco. (Credit: Sarah Wilson/Getty Images)

Having conquered the world of made-for-TV home remodeling and setting the bar for being the adorable, hard-working parents, Chip and Joanna Gaines have announced they will open a restaurant in their home base of Waco. The couple purchased the iconic Elite Cafe last year, and as they do with old homes, are updating the almost-1oo-year-old institution. They plan to reopen the cafe near the end of the year under the name The Magnolia Table, with a focus on breakfast, brunch and lunch.

Joana gives an update on their vision for the space on her blog:

We’ve spent a good amount of time finalizing the design of the new restaurant- from carefully choosing finishes, textures, and paint colors, to designing the tables, chairs, and light fixtures. I love getting to bring all of the design details together. The building was actually recognized as a historic landmark about 20 years ago, which essentially ensures that aspects of the original character stay intact. Figuring out how to restore the building and seamlessly incorporate new and creative design elements into the mix while staying true to the original features has been one of my favorite parts of the design process.

For more on the Gaines’ plans, check out Joanna’s blog.


Author: Matthew Odam

Restaurant critic & features writer at Austin American @Statesman and @Austin360. Austin-born 6th generation Texan. Left-handed.

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