25 Things You Need to Know About Magnolia Table, Chip and Joanna Gaines's Restaurant

Here's everything we know about Chip and Joanna's latest business, opening soon.

Lauren Matthews

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 is about to open their latest business venture: a restaurant! The hosts have been busy renovating 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):

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Magnolia Table will open soon.

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Originally, Magnolia Table was supposed to open by the end of 2017. But Joanna revealed that there were "a few setbacks along the way (as there are with every construction project)." Thankfully, they're now "on the home stretch!"

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Though no exact opening date has been announced yet, Joanna teased in a January Instagram caption that Magnolia Table "is getting so close" and "will be open soon." Several visitors have that they were told the last week of February, but according to Joanna's post on February 19, the grand opening is still "a little over a month" away.

We know one detail to look out for if you ever get a chance to go: Chip and Jo's handprints in the cement outside!

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Film crews have been spotted on location.

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You might get to watch the renovation process yourself on HGTV, as cameras have reportedly filmed at the business. We even got a first look at Joanna's baby bump in these Instagram snapshots.

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It's already served as an event space!

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The doors may not be open yet, but Magnolia Table had a trial run as the venue for a Magnolia Journal and Darling Magazine event. "Even though Magnolia Table doesn't open for a little over a month, this was the perfect gathering to christen it!"

Click through for a first look at the restaurant decor!

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It was formerly known as the "Elite Cafe" and "The Elite Circle Grille."

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Chip and Joanna changed the name to Magnolia Table, probably in part to link it with their other businesses, but also because, as Joanna explained, "We want the name of our restaurant to convey the idea that all are welcome here. Our hope is that when you step into this place, you know that everyone has a seat at our table."

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Chip and Jo have updated the old sign.

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As part of the switch, the "Elite Cafe" portion of the sign outside has been removed (see previous photo). Here's a look at the brand new signs!

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Joanna shared a video of another new "Magnolia Table" sign being installed.

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But not everyone was happy about the name change.

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"I understand the importance of branding as much as anybody," wrote one Waco resident on Instagram. "However, I sure do wish they could have settled on 'Chip's Elite Cafe' or something similar. They are good people with a good part but at some point you pass the point of name saturation. We are [past] that point."

Others, of course have been supportive and appreciative of the stars' efforts to preserve the property's past.

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The restaurant has quite a history.

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Established in 1919 by Greek brothers George and Michael Colias, the Elite Cafe was originally located downtown and had the city's first-ever air conditioner. The expansion on the "circle" (the one the Gaineses purchased) quickly became a Waco staple in the '60s and a popular pit stop for those en route to Austin from Dallas or vice versa, says . is said to have eaten at the Elite.

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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."

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And it was a favorite for the Gaines family.

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Chip and Joanna and their four kids (Drake, Ella, Duke, and Emmie) would often enjoy Sunday brunch at the Elite Cafe—as did "nearly everyone in Waco, Texas," according to Jo. Saving the historic restaurant means that baby number five will get to experience it, too!

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The project cost Chip and Jo a pretty penny.
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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.

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It's going to be gorgeous (obviously)...

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In sneak peeks of the project, we've spotted stunning tile floors, stylish light fixtures, and Joanna's signature subway tiles.

"The restaurant itself is literally one big giant kitchen," Chip said in an interview with . "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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Inside, there will be vaulted ceilings with redwood beams (as revealed in a now-deleted Instagram post). Joanna has shared some shots on Instagram stories, saying the business is looking so beautiful, she'd .

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...inside and out!

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On the exterior, the couple has kept the iconic arches and detailing.

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The awnings are up.

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The "take away" side boasts beautiful awnings.

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Magnolia Table will highlight Waco pride.

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The "WACO TEXAS" mosaic tile makes for a grand entrance—and establishes the Gaineses' love for their hometown.

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Chip and Jo know it's all in the details—like this hand-painted lettering which likely marks the bathroom doors.

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Chip had to get people on board with the idea.

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Apparently, some people in town had their doubts about this particular fixer upper, but the HGTV stars have since proved them wrong. As Chip said to Southern Living, "Now, everybody that comes in tells me how smart I was to have bought this property. Six months ago, I wasn't getting as many encouragements."

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Magnolia Table will be a breakfast joint.

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Hence the sign out front which has been rotating on-theme messages including, "We'll let you know when breakfast is ready," "We go together like bacon and eggs," and "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day."

"I've always been a breakfast connoisseur," Chip 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."

Not a breakfast fan? Don't worry: Magnolia Table will serve lunch and dinner, too.

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It's a dream come true for Chip.

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While the bakery was more Joanna's baby, "Opening a breakfast joint has always been something that Chip's been interested in—and it's been so fun to watch how excited he has been about the entire process," she said.

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You can expect some tasty dishes.

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So far, we know breakfast items will include homemade biscuits with crafted jams and butters and farm Eggs Benedict. For dinner, there's Chip's famous ham sandwich, the Gaines Brothers Burger, and more. Don't forget dessert: homemade pies, of course!

In an update on Instagram stories, Joanna teased a few more menu items: house-made tater tots, cinnamon rolls, strawberry butter spread for the biscuits, a simple greens salad, and pretty little fruit cups.

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The dishes will contain veggies from the Gaines's garden!

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"When we started planning for the restaurant we were passionate about using locally grown produce," Joanna captioned a photo of her beautiful garden on Instagram. "We love that many of the veggies will be coming straight from our home garden at the farm!"

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There will be a "take away market" ...

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Just in case you don't get enough of a Fixer Upper fix during your reservation, Joanna teased on Instagram Stories that there will be a take away market where you can grab goodies to go. And others have shared shots of the area's stunning tile floors.

Plus, you'll be able to shop for Magnolia Table merchandise! Although no longer up, an old Instagram post previewed coffee mugs, totes, and more!

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You can get your caffeine fix at the coffee shop.

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As seen in an Instagram photo that has since been deleted, there will also be a coffee shop. We do know Joanna loves carving out coffee corners! The cafe section will pay homage to the Elite Cafe's history with a mural above the bar.

Here's hoping these pumpkin chocolate chip loaves are among the offerings at the take away market or the coffee shop.

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Prepare for plants.

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Oh, so many plants. A self-described #PlantLady, Joanna never fails to incorporate florals (both real and faux!) into her designs, and Magnolia Table is no exception. Instagram photos that have since been deleted showed window boxes outside the restaurant.

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... including a living wall.

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A trellis on either side of the "Take Away" entrance supports a gorgeous "living wall."

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The process hasn't been completely seamless.

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Just like the renovations on Fixer Upper, the Magnolia Table project has encountered its bumps. Dallas-based company garden store Jacksons Home & Garden shared that when a large pot for the restaurant entrance shattered, the owner personally delivered a replacement.

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There's also a cookbook by the same name.

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There's Magnolia Table the restaurant, and then there's , Joanna's cookbook set to hit shelves Tuesday, April 24. But the cooking styles in both will crossover, so if you can't make it to the restaurant when it opens, you can always whip up the dishes at home.

"My personal favorite thing about both the restaurant and the cookbook is the biscuits," Joanna wrote on her . "For the past year or so, I have spent almost every Saturday morning perfecting this biscuit recipe, and we finally have one that has the seal of approval from Chip and the kids."

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