Waco: Where (will) the Elite meet to eat?Waco: Where (will) the Elite meet to eat?https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=120212016-02-10T06:00:00Z2016-02-10T16:00:00Z

​​​WACO - The Elite Cafe, which can trace its founding back almost 97 years, has closed.

After decades as a dining tradition downtown and then on Waco’s bustling traffic circle, owner Creed Ford III said competition from new restaurants and a bleeding bottom line forced him to shutter the landmark.

For decades the restaurant’s marquee proclaimed it “where the elite meet to eat,” and that included entertainer Elvis Presley, who reportedly visited the restaurant while in basic training at Fort Hood in the late 1950s.

It served steaks, burgers and salads during most of its time operating in South Waco, where it anchored the circle and became a popular stopping point for travelers between Austin and Dallas even before I-35 was built nearby.

Ford, whose Austin-based restaurant group acquired The Elite in 1999, said he made the difficult decision to close The Elite for economic reasons, following months, even years, of subpar sales and customer counts made worse by a recent influx of new dining establishments.

The Elite Cafe, which for a time operated as The Elite Circle Grille after one of its ownership changes, has been a part of Waco’s history since 1919, when it first opened in downtown Waco.

A year later, four Colias brothers bought the restaurant after emigrating from Sparta, Greece. They opened a second location in 1941 on the circle, which would become the classic venue Waco diners and others from around the state came to know and love. 

The original Elite downtown closed in the 1960s.
Waco Tribune-Herald
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