It's already been an exciting year for Chip and Joanna Gaines. Their fifth and final season of Fixer Upper is currently airing on HGTV, they just announced they're expecting baby number five, and now, the couple has officially opened their latest business venture: a restaurant! The hosts renovated the former Elite Cafe, a popular Waco eatery, into Magnolia Table.
Your favorite design duo's empire already includes Magnolia Reality, Magnolia Market at the Silos, Silos Baking Co., two inns (the Magnolia House and Hillcrest Estate), and Joanna's Magnolia Home collection. A restaurant is something new to the team, but they're not taking it lightly.
"People always say the restaurant business is a beast—and we believe that, we aren't naive to the fact that this is all new to us—but we are genuinely thrilled that we get the opportunity to restore a Waco treasure into something new," Joanna wrote in a . Here's everything we know about Chip and Joanna's restaurant so far (plus a first look at the inside and the menu):
Magnolia Table officially opened to the public the morning of Monday, February 26, but the grand opening didn't take place until a month later, on March 26.
We already knew breakfast items would include Chip's famous ham sandwich, the Gaines Brothers Burger, and more. But here's a look at the full menu, divided into drinks, breakfast, brunch and lunch, a kids' menu, and desserts. One sandwich—the "1919"—was even inspired by the classic pimento cheese at the original restaurant.
In fact, it's been designated a historic landmark. That means any renovations must comply with the Texas Historical Commission's guidelines and honor the original character of the building. Not a problem for Jo: "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," she wrote. "Figuring out how to restore the building and seamlessly incorporate new and creative design elements into the mix while staying true to the original features has been one of my favorite parts of the design process."
The reported that renovations were estimated at about $2 million. That's even more than the $1.4 million Chip and Jo invested in Magnolia Market at the Silos.