Mike Copeland: Karem Shrine Hotel Permit; Dave’s Hot Chicken; Overview of restaurants; Neighbor to the North | Local business news

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The transformation of the old Grand Karem Shrine building downtown into a boutique hotel recently hit a new milestone, with the City of Waco issuing a $25 million building permit to move the project forward. nearly $43 million.

Chip and Joanna Gaines purchased the massive structure in 2019, confirming plans to transform the site into a special place in the Magnolia family, in partnership with Adventurous Journeys Capital Partners. They said it would be named Hotel 1928 to recognize the year the building opened. McLennan County bought the structure in 1995 for office space, then sold it to the Gaines in 2019. The Shriners moved elsewhere years ago.

“Renovation of a three-story building, conversion of county offices and Shriners lodge into a hotel…consists of 33 keys, restaurant, retail, ballroom, back of house spaces, addition to create a fourth floor,” says the recently obtained permit.

Translated, according to Tribune-Herald reports, the hotel will have 33 rooms, an 8,000 square foot restaurant, 6,200 square foot meeting space and a 3,550 foot rooftop terrace. squares.

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The Gaines’ interest in the building at Seventh Street and Washington Avenue has been around since at least 2018. The project has already obtained a permit to create “model rooms” as models for the hotel’s accommodations.

Magnolia received a pledge of $5.5 million from the Waco Tax Increase Funding Area, the money for historic consultants, facade improvements, public parking, burying utility lines utilities and water, storm and sewer works, the Tribune-Herald reported in October.

Magnolia said it hopes to complete the renovation by next year.

Dave’s Hot Chicken

To find Waco’s new Dave’s Hot Chicken restaurant, just travel on Interstate 35 near New Road and watch for an explosion at a paint factory, or a reasonable facsimile thereof. The exterior is a sight to behold, the interior more functional. Dave’s family hosted and guests on Thursday ahead of a grand opening on Friday. The food was good, but most impressive was the assurance and courtesy of the employees on Thursday’s free party.

Dave’s occupies the former Carl’s Jr. burger joint near Hooters and IHOP, not far from Cinemark, Topgolf and Main Event. The concept traces its founding to a parking lot in East Hollywood, California, where three friends pooled their resources, $900 between them, and opened a chicken stand. The taste, texture and spiciness of the product were all the rage. Dave’s Hot Chicken has taken off nationwide, with concentrations on the West Coast and in Texas.

Dave’s serves made-to-order Nashville-style tenders and sliders, with customers choosing cuts lightly seasoned or so spicy they’re nicknamed “The Reaper.” Honey is available, which is a good sign, personally. Sides include mac and cheese, kale salad, fries, and cheese fries. Soft drinks dominate drink options and milkshakes appear on the menu.

Restaurant overview

Dave’s arrival highlights a busy time in Waco’s culinary scene.

Construction has begun on Fish City Grill at Legends Crossing, the upscale development near Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center. And sources say the land will soon be open on Willie’s Grill & Icehouse at New Road and I-35. Willie’s offers Cajun and Tex-Mex food, burgers and beer.

A building permit has been issued to place a new McDonald’s restaurant at 500 N. Robinson Drive. Bids are being accepted for work to install a Crumbl Cookies store at 922 S. 10th St., according to the local newsletter Associated General Contractors of America. The task would include the installation of kitchen equipment and electrical and plumbing systems, the bulletin said. Crumbl Cookies, a growing chain, touts its freshly baked cookies and home deliveries. It also has a location at the Central Texas Marketplace.

neighbor to the north

Neighborly, the Waco-based franchising giant specializing in home repair and service brands, said it would play an important role for businesses in Canada. Target markets include Toronto, Kitchener/Waterloo, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver, where it hopes to establish more than 100 franchise units.

Interestingly, the press release announcing the move spells Neighborly as Neighborly, which is more common outside of the United States. Neighborly has become a member of the Canadian Franchise Association.

Concepts heading north include Aire Serv, Five Star Painting, The Grounds Guys, Glass Doctor, Mr. Appliance, and Mr. Electric, among others. Initial investments range from $62,100 to $267,000, depending on the brand.

Gas prices

Gas prices fell 9 cents per gallon statewide in the week ending Thursday, and 15 cents in Waco during that period, AAA Texas reports. This put the Waco average at $4.48 per gallon for regular unleaded.

AAA warned that the price drop may not last. A record 3.1 million Texans are expected to travel more than 50 miles during the July 4 holiday, and increased demand generally translates into higher prices.

Texas has the ninth-lowest gasoline price in the United States, averaging $4.60 per gallon, while California has the highest at $6.36 per gallon.

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