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

WACO, Texas – HGTV stars Joanna and Chip Gaines say the historic former Waco cafe that they bought last year will be called the Magnolia Table and serve breakfast, lunch and brunch.

The stars of the TV show “Fixer Upper” say they hope to reopen what had been the Elite Cafe by the end of 2017. Joanna Gaines, in a recent blog, wrote that she has many great memories from family Sunday brunches at the Elite Cafe.


The iconic Elite Cafe, after operating for nearly 100 years, closed in early 2016 amid increased competition for local diners and travelers along nearby Interstate 35.

“We want everyone, whether you’re part of the building’s past or not, to walk in and instantly feel the rich history of it,” Joanna Gaines said. “Our hope is that when you step into this place, you know that everyone has a seat at our table. With that said, the name of our restaurant will be: Magnolia Table.”

Chip and Joanna Gaines also operate the Magnolia Market , turning converted old silos near downtown Waco into a home decor and food marketplace.