Saturday, October 20, 2007

Comings and Goings

On a drive down I-35 a couple of weeks ago, I saw that Temple is getting a new BJ's Restaurant/Brewhouse. I have eaten at the BJ's at Vista Ridge Mall near I-35 and Lewisville area. It is a decent upscale burger place that would have certainly added to the Waco food scene. Too bad our two new sites - Legends Crossing and Texas Central Marketplace couldn't land this one. Oh well, we will at least have another great Bush's Fried Chicken.

BJ's is an 11 state chain that originated in Santa Ana, California in 1978.

Our menu features BJ’s own delicious, innovative spin on your favorite foods, including deep dish pizzas, salads, sandwiches, pastas, steaks, baby back ribs and so much more. And of course, everything tastes better with BJ’s own handcrafted beer.

Yanni's in West has given up on the difficult task of attracting people off of I-35 and from Waco to enjoy the tasty Greek fare they presented. As stated in an earlier post, the owner purchased the 1424 restaurant here in Waco. I hope they present some Greek specialties at 1424. Most of the food I had at Yanni's was quite good.

I continue to be amazed at how many fast food restaurants can be jammed into the 4th, 5th, 6th street corridor at 1-35. The rebuilt McDonald's is open - but what a disappointment. McD's has all sorts of interesting designs that would have looked great in that area. Instead, we get the fashionable tan cinder block decor. How special! The Whataburger is undergoing an interior redo that promises to be a unique Waco look.

At least, the new Basa-whatiz on 6th St. looks interesting. It this a restaurant during the day or a lounge at night. Slow construction (and street blocking) probably not enough parking could turn this whole area into a Saturday night war-zone.

Another McAlister's on Waco Drive? Why? Another Mazzio's Pizza coming to the same area? Again why? Everyone knows the bowling alley has all the good food in that block. Seriously, why not a nicer Zio's Italian Kitchen instead of the sibling Mazzio's???? Both are owned by the Tulsa, OK based Mazzio's Corporation. Why couldn't we get the nicer one?