Magnolia Table is open for business.
Chip and Joanna's new restaurant opened to the public on Monday morning. Magnolia Table will serve breakfast, brunch and lunch from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Jimmy and Kirsten Gaw who are visiting Waco for the first time were excited to have the opportunity to visit the new business of the Fixer Upper stars.
“That's pretty amazing to be one of the first customers to come to try it out without knowing it was open,” Kirsten Gaw said.
The Maryland couple watches the HGTV show regularly.
"We love Joanna Gaines and Chip. Just wanted to come and see the area,” Kirsten Gaw said.
The restaurant is located at 2132 S. Valley Mills Dr. and seats up to 210 guests. Magnolia Table features an outdoor coffee bar and a market-style shop for guests to purchase items to-go.
Rachel Hunter and Francis Sena who visited the restaurant enjoyed their experience.
"All the decorations look really cool. Everything looked so modern and unique,” Hunter said.
The Milwaukee School of Engineering students from the rowing team were impressed by the food.
"I felt the burger was very fresh. I really enjoyed it,” Sena said.
Magnolia Table is located where the historic Elite Café used to be. The food at the restaurant is partly inspired by the Elite’s Café menu. The decorations also include vintage pictures of the Texas Historic landmark.
Ashley Gillespie and her sister Emily who said the food was outstanding were excited to see the former Elite Café transformed.
"I like that they kept a piece of history here and I'm really excited to get to sit in there. I can't wait to see it,” Ashley Gillespie said.
Magnolia Table does not take reservations and operates on a first-come basis.
The Waco Convention and Visitor's Bureau will be testing a shuttle route would go to LaSalle Avenue, near Magnolia Table, to give visitors better access to hotels, restaurants and businesses in Waco.
"If you go look at LaSalle right now you will see license plates from all over the country, so it's really exciting. They are a part of the growth of Waco and it's the next booming area where we want to make sure that we bring out visitors around to," Carla Pendergraft, with the Waco Convention and Visitor's Bureau, said.
The Gaines revealed the name of the new restaurant at the former location of the Elite Cafe in June. The Gaines' purchased the Elite Cafe in 2016, which had been a staple of Waco for nearly 100 years.
On Feb. 2, Joanna shared a video of the new sign for the restaurant being put in place as they prepared for the opening.
— Alexandria Moulton (@alexmgrace) February 26, 2018
I wanna go to Magnolia Table ??
— destanee? (@foreverdestined) February 26, 2018
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