Hello, friends, my name is Chad. I know it's been a while since we spoke, so I just thought we should get reacquainted.
As much as I've tried, I've been unable to add extra days to the week, a failure which has resulted in a bit of drought on this blog since around Memorial Day. Rest assured, though, I'm ready to get into full summer blogging mode. Prepare to have your Waco-restaurant curiosity edified two to three times a week!
I wasn't sure because I'm still trying to figure out where the Zoe's Kitchen that's supposed to be going into that new Gander Mtn shopping center will be. But it turns out that red building next to Potbelly and Starbucks is Bubba's 33.
That didn't take long.
In the immediate aftermath of Sunday's shootout at Twin Peaks, that restaurant's corporate office has pulled the franchise. I read Mike Copeland's story on Wacotrib.com. It included the following statement released by Twin Peaks:
I was relieved this morning to see that Central Texas Marketplace was open again and no longer barricaded by police cruisers.
Well, the part of it that contains Starbucks anyway. The section containing Don Carlos, Twin Peaks, World Market, etc. still had an abundance of police presence. It looked like store managers might be able to access their stores because the police cars weren't totally blocking the intersections. But customers and looky-loos were probably SOL.
I was at church on Sunday morning when I noticed my friend Josh Blake was dressed kind of fancy, which I knew was because of Mother's Day because I go to the kind of church where jeans and T-shirts are more common that suits and ties.
Turns out, he had already been to Mother's Day brunch. I inquired where and he said the new Cafe Cappuccino. That was news to me.
About six weeks ago, the Chamber of Commerce dialed up Chamber of Commerce weather for the first annual Texas Food Truck Showdown.
It doesn't look like Pints in the Park is going to beneffit from the same type of perfect day. Rest assured, though, the show will go on.
There's a new food truck open downtown as The Boudain Shack rolled into business on Monday.
The Boudain Shack formerly occupied a freestanding restaurant in Robinson and we ventured out there for a couple of blogs in the past two years. Now they're so much closer to my house, which is a big fist pump for me.
The new Starbucks at Valley Mills Drive and Interstate 35 opened on Tuesday.
The more the merrier, right? Plus, I think it says something about our humble burg that we now have five Starbucks locations, not counting the ones inside other businesses.
There's a party coming down, y'all.
This Pints in the Park deal on May 9 at Brazos Park East has my undivided attention, mostly because of the buzz it's already created on social media.
I stumbled across a fun video album a few days ago called "Serve It Up, Waco" that I think you're all going to love! The five minute videos, created by the City of Waco, are in the style of Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives with local chefs making one of their most popular dishes. They've profiled several of my favorite spots: Clay Pot, World Cup Cafe, Schmaltz's, Sergio's. I particularly enjoyed watching the proprietor of D's Mediterranean Grill make Lebanese tabboulleh, and hearing tips on making great biscuits from Nancy Grayson of Lula Jane's!
Another album you might find interesting is "On the Avenue," which profiles restaurants and shops Downtown. There is a great spot on Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits highighting the uniqueness of their ingredients.
One more bite (or two, rather)...
Dichotomy is having a live jazz night tomorrow, 8-10pm, featuring 94 String Trio. It will be their last jazz night for awhile, so get out and enjoy live music and handmade cocktails!