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That TopGolf will put Baylor's recruiting off the charts. :) 

Did see that Balcones is having 25% OFF on Cyber Monday online purchases for those interested in that sort of thing. 

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48 minutes ago, Post Oak said:

At Southern Roots for the first time.  Beer is good.  Pizza and garlic knots are good. 

Will come back

It’s a pretty cool little spot.   Glad we have it 

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4 minutes ago, Post Oak said:

Yep. We need more like this 

It's pretty fun bouncing back and forth between there and Waco Ale.  Short stroll and good beer.  Now we just need Waco/TX to allow us to walk from one to the other with a beer  

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1 hour ago, Trey3216 said:

It's pretty fun bouncing back and forth between there and Waco Ale.  Short stroll and good beer.  Now we just need Waco/TX to allow us to walk from one to the other with a beer  

But think of the children

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15 minutes ago, honolulu horn said:

But think of the children

They already see enough of that foolishness on that damned idoit box! And DANCING!! DANCING!!!!

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Eating at Wacool Tacos in Union Hall.  It's really good.  Got the the Wacool taco and Korean taco. Both good.  Loaded queso is worth it.

Dr. Pepper is average.  

 

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36 minutes ago, BradInATX said:

Any of you Wacoans know any bars open tonight? Preferably with a decent bourbon selection, but I know that's a stretch goal.

Barnett’s Public House has the largest whiskey selection in Texas.  
 

420 Franklin Ave 

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Barnett’s Public House has the largest whiskey selection in Texas.  
 
420 Franklin Ave 
I've actually been there. Love it. Open tonight though?

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Maybe the bar at Indigo.   Its actually a nice little bar and they have a solid bourbon selection 

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We actually tried to go to Balcones last night about 7 and they were closed.  

I was shocked how much stuff was closed last night.

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48 minutes ago, BradInATX said:

Any of you Wacoans know any bars open tonight? Preferably with a decent bourbon selection, but I know that's a stretch goal.

I don't know man.  I wouldn't get my hopes up for much of anything unfortunately.

Maybe like Trey said a hotel bar. 

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I don't know man.  I wouldn't get my hopes up for much of anything unfortunately.
Maybe like Trey said a hotel bar. 
Yeah, we're staying in the spring hill suites, so right now our plan is to just hang at their bar. But hoping to find some better options. I'll check with the other bars mentioned. Appreciate it.

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I'm expecting it to be Christmas 2021.  Although it does seem like they are making pretty good progress so far.

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Shaquandra's baby girl will be driving the Christmas lights tour bus before they finish work on I-35.

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3 hours ago, Trey3216 said:

Big Doris Miller news.  The USNavy has confirmed that they will announce this Monday on MLK Day that Doris will have an aircraft carrier named in his honor.  Absolutely phenomenal. 
 

https://www.stripes.com/news/us/navy-to-name-aircraft-carrier-for-pearl-harbor-hero-doris-miller-1.615275

Just saw this online at Task and Purpose. I know someone who's been working for many years to get that young man the public federal recognition he deserves so I feel doubly great about it. Ceremony on Monday in Honolulu.

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Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly is expected to announce the naming of CVN-81 during a ceremony on Monday in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, according to USNI. Two of Miller's nieces are expected to be there, according to the Star-Advertiser.

 

 

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23 minutes ago, Chopper said:

Just saw this online at Task and Purpose. I know someone who's been working for many years to get that young man the public federal recognition he deserves so I feel doubly great about it. Ceremony on Monday in Honolulu.

 

It’s really phenomenal.  Incredible story.  His memorial here in Waco is a beautiful spot. 

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that's awesome.  I plan to go visit the memorial when I'm in Waco in a couple of weeks.  And hence my question...Feb 6-8th.  Can somebody tell me why in the fuck all the hotel rooms are $300/night in downtown Waco those two weeknights?  Can't be a football game.  I'm not paying that much to stay in downtown Waco, market forces be dammed.  We've got stuff at three different venues around downtown and I need to be there to just hoof it to everything so staying way the hell up or down 35 is not gonna be good.  Anybody know something near downtown for 150-200/night?    Thanks.  

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On ‎1‎/‎18‎/‎2020 at 4:58 PM, Lobo said:

that's awesome.  I plan to go visit the memorial when I'm in Waco in a couple of weeks.  And hence my question...Feb 6-8th.  Can somebody tell me why in the fuck all the hotel rooms are $300/night in downtown Waco those two weeknights?  Can't be a football game.  I'm not paying that much to stay in downtown Waco, market forces be dammed.  We've got stuff at three different venues around downtown and I need to be there to just hoof it to everything so staying way the hell up or down 35 is not gonna be good.  Anybody know something near downtown for 150-200/night?    Thanks.  

Even with all the construction on I-35 you can get to most anywhere from anywhere in 10 minutes. This ain't Austin.

In other news, Union Hall is having their grand opening this Saturday. Chow time!

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Yep.  Listen to El Diablo.  Stay out in Legends Crossing if you haven't looked there. You can hop on Bagby and be in the middle of everything in 10 mins or so.  There's even a Holiday Inn Express in Bellmead behind Home Depot thats maybe 10 minutes from downtown depending on traffic.  Lake Shore to Old Dallas Hwy to Elm then right across the bridge. 

There won't be any problem with parking so don't feel any stress about that.  

What venues are you going to be at?

 

We went to Union Hall before Christmas and had the Wacool Tacos.  Pretty good.  Not as good as Torchys but good.  

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On 6/29/2019 at 5:57 PM, Bullneck said:

I looked up the old stadium on Google Maps.  Kinda forlorn.

That place was forlorn when it was in use.

I went to the 2008 ISU/Baylor game at Floyd Casey, and it was the eeriest feeling of my life.  It felt like we were on some cursed Indian burial ground, or something like that.  There were more ISU fans than Baylor fans in the parking lot, there were loose chickens running around from the neighboring residential area, and when I went to take a leak, I spotted some kybos far away from anyone.  All of them have the "green" symbol.  I walk up, open the door, and almost have a heart attack when I find a 90 year old woman in a dress, mid-shit, staring me directly in the eyes.  I actually screamed, slammed the door, and ran away.

Strange damn place, Waco.

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1 hour ago, El Diablo said:

Even with all the construction on I-35 you can get to most anywhere from anywhere in 10 minutes. This ain't Austin.

In other news, Union Hall is having their grand opening this Saturday. Chow time!

I want to be within walking distance from these venues, not driving distance.  We'll be at County Courthouse, Cultivate 7twelve, and the Palladium.  I guess I'm gonna pull the trigger on that La Quinta Inn between downtown and IH-35. Looks decent enough, but my other question to y'all would be is what kind of a walk would that be late at night on a Thursday and Friday?  I don't mind sketchy, but I also don't want to get picked up for having been overserved in public.  This group we're going with is known for having a penchant for boozing.  I assume I can get Uber easily but problem with our group is there's no assigned hotel this year so everybody is staying all around Waco (though mainly downtown and Baylor areas).  I'd rather just leave at 11:00p and walk to my hotel.  Anyway, I know this is a specific scenario.  So unless that La Quinta is just in some shitfuck area, I'll go with that.  And I look forward to trying this Union Hall out on Thursday night since we have dinner open that night and this place looks cool and is a 15 minute walk from hotel 

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21 minutes ago, Post Oak said:

anytime we are downtown I'm always shocked how empty it feels.  Never once felt unsafe or watched.

Yep, it's pretty much a ghost town at night and the area that has nightlife attractions has always seemed safe to me.

As far as walking and possible PI? Well, it's Waco...

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2 hours ago, Lobo said:

I want to be within walking distance from these venues, not driving distance.  We'll be at County Courthouse, Cultivate 7twelve, and the Palladium.  I guess I'm gonna pull the trigger on that La Quinta Inn between downtown and IH-35. Looks decent enough, but my other question to y'all would be is what kind of a walk would that be late at night on a Thursday and Friday?  I don't mind sketchy, but I also don't want to get picked up for having been overserved in public.  This group we're going with is known for having a penchant for boozing.  I assume I can get Uber easily but problem with our group is there's no assigned hotel this year so everybody is staying all around Waco (though mainly downtown and Baylor areas).  I'd rather just leave at 11:00p and walk to my hotel.  Anyway, I know this is a specific scenario.  So unless that La Quinta is just in some shitfuck area, I'll go with that.  And I look forward to trying this Union Hall out on Thursday night since we have dinner open that night and this place looks cool and is a 15 minute walk from hotel 

Uber is pretty easy and consistent.   Have you checked AirBnB?  Lots of them right near downtown.  Lots of good spots within walking distance of Cultivate/Palladium.   Check out Southern Roots, Waco Ale Co, Balcone’s is about 4 blocks, Barnett’s Public House (3 blocks, largest whiskey selection in TX) 

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46 minutes ago, DCA_HORN said:

Not scrolling through the whole thread but really gonna be disappointed if never and only to get your roll on weren't replies.

CSB

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54 minutes ago, Trey3216 said:

AirBnB

Hopefully this. Should be a decent amount of AirBNB or VRBO downtown. There are some condos that rent out.

Waco is about 12 months from launching a lot more capacity in hotel rooms (it's been in Texas top 2 in % of rooms filled for a while). Of course, Chip and Jo will be launching the network 10/2020 and other wave of Magnolians is bound to come back for whatever it is here that attracts them. Right now, the tour buses are running as much as ever and it's the middle of freakin January.

The Salvation Army is at 5th and Webster so that's always an option.  There are a couple of seedy motels just north of downtown with readily available heroin and assorted controlled substances if you are looking for more "amenities".

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1 hour ago, Newdoc said:

Hopefully this. Should be a decent amount of AirBNB or VRBO downtown. There are some condos that rent out.

Waco is about 12 months from launching a lot more capacity in hotel rooms (it's been in Texas top 2 in % of rooms filled for a while). Of course, Chip and Jo will be launching the network 10/2020 and other wave of Magnolians is bound to come back for whatever it is here that attracts them. Right now, the tour buses are running as much as ever and it's the middle of freakin January.

The Salvation Army is at 5th and Webster so that's always an option.  There are a couple of seedy motels just north of downtown with readily available heroin and assorted controlled substances if you are looking for more "amenities".

They're gonna make millions and millions of dollars off that network.

I'm thinking after the hotels off Mary and Elm are completed they should stop handing out money to hotel developers for a while.  

I did read that the fairground construction is coming along on time and they could stand to have excess money once that's done.  (From hotel and car rental taxes.)

That thing won't get the pub that Magnolia gets buy they say they can have it full every weekend with multiple events.  It should bring in a shit ton of people too.

 

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what’s the word on the riverfront development off U Parks where the farmer’s market is going? haven’t seen any action there yet, and it’s what i’m looking forward to the most.

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Here's an a post from the trib recently.

Don't know how to spoiler so here goes

The Bull Durham building at 401 Elm Ave., smack in the middle of economic development on the east side of Lake Brazos, is being offered for lease by owner Austin Meek.

Meek owns the local Pokey O’s, part of a Dallas-based cookies-and-ice-cream business with a presence in eight Texas cities. Meek’s Pokey O’s food trucks regularly can be seen at downtown locales. He bought the Bull Durham property in December 2018 and later announced he would use it for a Pokey O’s brick-and-mortar location and a development called Mammoth Culture Club to include a patio with an outdoor stage, beer-garden-style seating and a full bar.

Meek said he has not abandoned that vision by putting the 3,500-square-foot Bull Durham building on the market. But he said a lot of soul-searching and consulting with local real estate agents and developers convinced him he needed a second party involved. He chose to list the site for lease at $20 per square foot annually with Gregg Glime, a local commercial real estate agent. Meek and Glime were scheduled to meet with a prospect to tour the building one afternoon last week.

 

Meek said the presence of an “anchor” should defray costs associated with rehabilitating the building built in 1925. It needs a new roof, and passersby will notice metal supports wedged against the brick-covered walls.

Should a lessee be secured, he might consider placing a shipping container next door, he said. Eventually, he could see an “outdoor shopping mall” materializing on that site to showcase 10 mobile retailers, including probably his own permanent Pokey-O’s location, leaving a second food truck he acquired late last year to cruise around and park at hot downtown locations, Meek said.

“They might sell everything from candles to headbands,” he joked.

Soon, probably by March, Meek said he hopes to complete light landscaping at the address, and may by then have opened a taqueria.

Demonstrating his desire to start with a clean slate, Meek said he has relinquished a $273,000 Tax Increment Financing grant he was awarded on his estimated $1.375 million redo of Bull Durham and its environs. His reworked numbers reflect a $1.08 million contribution on his part.

He said he will take another run at securing TIF-related assistance.

Promenade building permit

The much-ballyhooed, $100 million Brazos Promenade development along the west banks of Lake Brazos is now showing more than potential.

A building permit valued at $20.2 million has been secured by Catalyst Urban Development to place Brazos Promenade Apartments, a parking garage, a retail building and two Dumpster enclosures at 414 S. University Parks Drive, near the heart of the mixed-use development that backers have said would include a full-service hotel, restaurants, shopping venues and housing.

On the drawing board for years, Brazos Promenade has received a pledge of a more than $20 million Tax Increment Financing grant from Waco.

Information provided by the local office of the Associated General Contractors of America shows Catalyst Urban Development secured permits Jan. 14 to build on land at 407, 414 and 500 S. University Parks Drive, and at 90 and 121 Webster Ave. This stretch of property includes the vacant Waco Fire Department training station to be demolished for Brazos Promenade.

No word yet on when construction will start. The most recent start date officials provided passed months ago

I wish they'd get on with it because I miss the farmers market under those old oak trees

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i do, too...would spend a good Saturday morning out there buying the kids' breakfast, snacking around and buying shit to cook that night.  just not the same in the courthouse parking lot.

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15 hours ago, Post Oak said:

They're gonna make millions and millions of dollars off that network.

I'm thinking after the hotels off Mary and Elm are completed they should stop handing out money to hotel developers for a while.  

I did read that the fairground construction is coming along on time and they could stand to have excess money once that's done.  (From hotel and car rental taxes.)

That thing won't get the pub that Magnolia gets buy they say they can have it full every weekend with multiple events.  It should bring in a shit ton of people too.

 

The Fairground area is a huge boon to business that gets overlooked by a great many people.  The new buildings over there will absolutely help weekend events, and I wish there would've been a hotel put on location to help alleviate some of the overcrowding of the other areas of town.  

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