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Chip and Joanna Gaines are preparing to open their new restaurant, Magnolia Table, later this year. The eatery 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.” Here's everything we know about the Fixer Upper stars' latest project in Waco, Texas.
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On Jan. 9, Joanna posted a photo of the couple marking the wet concrete outside the restaurant with their hand prints: "The restaurant is getting so close,” she captioned the shot. "Magnolia Table will be open soon and we can’t believe it?!? Chip + Jo=❤️"
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As with anything Chip and Joanna get their hands on, the interior of the restaurant is sure to be gorgeous, with finishes like this custom tile floor and large pendant lighting. "Of course 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 about the renovation. Added Chip: “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.”
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The site of the Magnolia Table, previously known as the Elite Cafe, was a local spot the couple frequented for Sunday brunches. “It had been a Waco icon for nearly 100 years,” Joanna said about the old cafe. “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, Texas."
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The Magnolia Table will join the Gaines' other food establishments in Waco. The couple's Silos Baking Co. bakery features a charming marble countertop, exposed antique brick, black accents, and, of course, endless baked goods like Syrian donuts, cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies. “I want[ed] it to feel like it’s been around for 100 years,” says Joanna.
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The Fixer Upper duo is all about using locally grown produce at the new eatery, too. Joanna took to Twitter to share insight as to what customers will have on their plates—coming straight from the Gaines' own backyard. "Fun fact: when you eat at Magnolia Table chances are you're eating veggies from our garden! #farmtotable #FixerUpper," she wrote.