April 16, 2019 | By
Chip had always dreamed of opening a breakfast joint, and when the historic Elite Café, located on the Waco traffic circle, came up for sale in 2016, the Gaineses decided to make that dream a reality. In the process, they wanted to preserve an important part of Waco’s history. The original Elite Café opened in downtown Waco in 1919, and the second location on the traffic circle followed in 1941. The Gaineses gave the Spanish-style building a complete overhaul while also preserving its historic feel. Framed black-and-white photographs and an original menu from the café’s past adorn the walls.