It’s almost here! And no, I’m not talking about baby No. 5 — I’m talking about Chip and Joanna Gaines’ other baby, Magnolia Table. The HGTV power couple may be expecting a little one later this year, but they’ve also been hard at work on their new restaurant.
On Dec. 15, Joanna gave fans an update on their progress. “Floors are getting installed at Magnolia Table which means we are getting so close to opening!!”
The cafe will have a breakfast-focused menu, which is Chip’s favorite meal of the day. “I’ve always been a breakfast connoisseur,” he told Southern Living. “I always do a heavy, bigger breakfast, but Jo is the exact opposite. She was kind enough to come with me on this one, and we are going to do up a breakfast joint here in town.”
The location of Magnolia Table, previously known as the Elite Cafe, was a spot the couple frequented for brunch. “It had been a Waco icon for nearly 100 years,” Joanna said about the old cafe, which originally opened in 1919 and had catered to Elvis Presley when he was training at Fort Hood in the 1950s. “We couldn’t let a place with such a rich history be forgotten. I’m convinced that this place holds at least one memory for nearly everyone in Waco, TX.”
Of course, the interior of the restaurant is sure to be gorgeous — and we expect tons of shiplap! “There have been a few setbacks along the way (as there are with every construction project), but we’re on the home stretch!” Joanna wrote on their blog about the renovation. Chip added, “The restaurant itself is literally one big giant kitchen. When we first got in there, it was all the things you can imagine — dingy, musky. But if I took you in there today, you’d be like ‘Oh! This is so clean, everything smells so great.’ Those are a few benefits of a little bit of elbow grease and hard work on the front end.”