Mike Copeland: 100th in Castillo restaurants; New CT; ward scholarships; food halls; Overview of building permits | local business news

Texas now has more Fortune 500 corporate headquarters than any other state, with 53 more than New York’s 51 and California’s 50, according to a press release from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s office.

Abbott noted the state’s “business-friendly climate and skilled workforce”, no corporate or personal income tax, easy access to global markets, and a reasonable regulatory climate.

“Fortune 500 companies represent two-thirds of the country’s $16.1 trillion GDP and employ 29.7 million people worldwide,” the press release said.

Chamber Scholarships

Sixteen local students who took part in the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce Education and Leadership Development program were honored last week at the Carlin Bright Arboretum. They will receive scholarships totaling $84,000.

The largest scholarship of $20,000 went to Madison Lindell, a La Vega graduate who hoped to study film and media arts at the University of Texas. The sponsors are the First National Bank of Central Texas and the Central National Bank.

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Students since 2010 have received scholarships totaling $550,000.

food halls

The Tribune-Herald recently reported that UnionBrands Eateries Texas LLC, the parent company of Union Hall at Eighth Street and Franklin Avenue, will be branding across the state, targeting mid-sized cities, starting at Union Grove at 8100 Woodway. Drive she hopes for. to open next year.

The company recently announced plans to open another location called Union Crossing on East Central Avenue in Temple. According to a press release, the name honors the Temple’s “rich railway heritage.”

Occupying 8,000 square feet and accommodating nine suppliers, Union Crossing will share an address with the Hawn Hotel building. Turner Behringer is restoring the hotel, the nearby Arcadia Theater and the former Sears building, creating space for living quarters, restaurants and offices.

Summary of building permits

Building permits issued in recent weeks include a $1 million work permit for the redevelopment of Providence Medical Center, 6901 Medical Parkway. According to the Associated General Contractors of America local office weekly newsletter, another $180,000 went to Baylor University to install curtains at the south end of McLane Stadium.

The $700,000 permit will allow changes to be made to the animal shelter at 2032 Circle Road. The office of the Associated General Contractors posted a call for bids for the shelter’s courtyard.


Last week, QuikTrip opened a second store in the Waco area at North Loop 340 and Interstate 35 in Bellmead.

It was there that the last Louby canteen in the area was demolished.

“The new QT store model has been created specifically for the high-traffic areas of the country, which are also within reasonable proximity to the QT distribution center for access to fresh produce,” the press release said.

QuikTrip also has a store on New Road, just off Interstate 35.

100 years of Castillo restaurants

The Castillo family, associated with Tex-Mex and Italian cuisine since 1922, is celebrating 100 years of Waco restaurant business.

The saga began when Antonio Castillo Sr. became the sole owner of the Texas Café on Elm Avenue and offered a full Tex-Mex menu, a rarity in 1922, according to an account provided by Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber President Andrea Kosar.

Later, the Aztec Cafe appeared with a dance hall in the back. Then there was El Patio, which met the demand for pizza generated by those from across the country stationed at James Connally Air Force Base in Waco. An Italian serviceman with ties to the Chicago restaurant industry taught the Castillo family how to make pizza, spaghetti and lasagna that were military-tested, according to a story provided by Kosar. El Patio became an Italian village in 1952.

The Castillo family opened other local restaurants, including Italian Village 2, La Fiesta, and finally Casa de Castillo at 4820 Sanger Ave.


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