Mike Copeland: Terry Black’s BBQ in Waco; Main event opening date; Sports opportunities | Local business news

Realtor Waco Clay Fuller landed a big slice of brisket. He brokered a deal that will bring Terry Black’s BBQ to Waco, to the vacant Morrison Heating & Plumbing Supply building at Eighth Street and Mary Avenue.

Fuller said Terry Black couldn’t resist what downtown has to offer. He will do business near Union Hall, Pivovar, Magnolia Market at the Silos and The Finder. Across Eighth Street is the Federal Courthouse. About a block away, at Ninth Street and Franklin Avenue, the old Tribune-Herald building will become the headquarters of Chip and Joanna Gaines after a major renovation.

The Texas Meter & Device Co. building, 300 S. Eighth St., is across Mary Avenue from the Morrison building. The same Czech investment group behind the Pivovar brewery, bakery and hotel has said it would like to install a skyscraper where Texas Meter now operates, one offering professional offices and more.

Either way, local BBQ fans are likely familiar with the name Terry Black. The business is linked, by family but not corporate ties, to Black’s Barbecue started in 1932 in Lockhart and its fourth generation of founder Edgar Black’s family. Fourth-generation twins Michael and Mark Black separated with their own operation in Austin about a decade ago. After some legal wrangling, they landed on the name Terry Black’s Barbecue, using their father’s name while their uncle continued at Black’s Barbecue.

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Both operations landed on Texas Monthly’s list of the 50 best barbecue restaurants in Texas. Waco’s Terry Black’s will join sites in Austin, Dallas and Lockhart.

Fuller said the 10,000 square foot Morrison building will include the barbecue restaurant and another operation to be determined. He said architectural firm Gensler will design the Terry Black location in Waco and Rogers-O’Brien Construction will serve as the general contractor.

“Over the past six months, we’ve been looking for the right opportunity,” Fuller said. “They bring generations of barbecue knowledge and experience. I can’t wait to see what Gensler and the family design for this site. It will be special for everyone to enjoy.”

Main Event Opening Date

No fools, Main Event has announced its April 1 opening at Cottonwood Creek Market, the development near New Road and Interstate 35 that now includes a 14-screen Cinemark theater and a Topgolf attraction.

The Waco Main Event is the company’s 47th overall and 19th in Texas.

The list of activities and attractions filling the nearly 50,000 square foot site will include 22 bowling alleys, laser tag spread over two floors, virtual reality experiences, high-flying gravity ropes and a pool table.

“Waco Main Event will also be one of the few Main Event centers in the country to feature Multiball, a new attraction that combines digital gaming with interactive sports for friends and family to play together,” according to a statement. release announcing the opening. Dated.

There will also be an elevated bar where parents can enjoy food and drinks while the youngsters play.

The press release indicates that Main Event will offer space for private events, its rooms equipped with audio-visual technology, catering and free Wi-Fi.

And it will create around 200 jobs, spokeswoman Beatrix Panitz said.

bank boss

Another Nesbitt will lead the National Central Bank.

Joe Nesbitt will succeed his father, Bill Nesbitt, as CEO of the bank. He was unanimously elected by the board last month. Bill Nesbitt will continue as director and chairman of the National Central Bank.

“I am incredibly humbled and humbled by the trust the Board has placed in me,” Joe Nesbitt said in a statement.

He joined the bank in 2003 as a loan officer after six years in the insurance industry. He then became location president at the Bosque and Highway 84 sites.

Central National Bank has offices in Waco, Temple and Austin, and assets of $1.2 billion.

Sports goals

Mike Vogelaar, executive director of the Greater Waco Sports Commission, has many goals to pursue. He said families in Waco need a place to swim, the grounds at the HOT Football Complex near Waco Regional Airport have great potential, “but are not in a condition that will attract competition. from outside the region”, and that the city could also use a centralized sports complex, with a grass pitch.

Vogelaar pursues its goals while traveling the community, meeting community leaders and holding town hall meetings. In an interview and Zoom meeting with business leaders, he mentioned some recent developments in his field of sports opportunities in the region.

  • Ironman’s decision to hold its full-length and half-length triathlons, not that it’s an endurance event either, in Waco through 2028 should give the local economy a boost. annual inch from $12 million to $16 million, he said. Ironman announced in January a 7-year extension of its partnership with Waco. The Greater Waco Sports Commission will award a handful of $2,000 scholarships to residents of McLennan County to pay entry fees and purchase equipment for Ironman and other events leading up to it.
  • Waco lacks a place “where the community can gather and socialize at the pool, where kids can learn to swim,” Vogelaar said. An indoor swimming pool could improve quality of life and contribute to economic development, although swimming facilities are expensive to build and operate, he said.
  • The new owners of BSR Cable Park near Old Mexia Road want to rename the attraction for the community. To that end, the sports commission will engage in activities there on Mother’s Day, May 7, creating a tropical paradise of races, beach waves, spa treatments and bouncy houses.

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