The HGTV stars revealed to Southern Living they are reviving the cafe that shut down in February and turning it into a breakfast restaurant. “I’ve always been a breakfast connoisseur,” Chip told the magazine. “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 couple, who are no strangers to the food industry (they also own a bakery, Silos Baking Co.), are now getting their hands dirty redesigning the joint and bringing it back to life.
“The restaurant itself is literally one big giant kitchen,” says Chip. “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.”
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Though purchasing the café, which originally opened in 1919, wasn’t applauded from the start, Gaines says people will be impressed.
“Now, everybody that comes in tells me how smart I was to have bought this property,” he says. “Six months ago, I wasn’t getting as many encouragements. But the restaurant has some serious history that we’re going to tap into.”