Update: 04/08/2022 —Waco Kitchen has announced a June 2022 opening date. The eatery will fill the space previously held by Hallback’s Bar & Grill and plans to offer a full bar and locally-sourced ingredients. 🍔
Since its last renovation in 2001, the restaurant space has remained relatively untouched until now. If you remember back to 2019, the previous tenant, Hallback’s Bar & Grill, closed, and the space has been empty ever since, with a few rumors and rumblings of potential restaurants over the past two years.
Now, the space could be the home of a restaurant concept based out of Battle Creek, Michigan at the Battle Creek Executive Airport. All that’s standing between the restaurant and reality is a vote today from the city commission. The Lakeland Real Estate and Transportation Committee approved the lease on Friday for the restaurant to inhabit the second-floor space.
Now, with the area surrounding Lakeland Linder expanding, the restaurant would bring a new option to surrounding neighborhoods and residents on that side of Lakeland. Plus, the potential for commercial flights is still not 100% off the table for Lakeland’s future.
Here are a few highlights of the restaurant, should it come to fruition:
- The restaurant concept is considered “farm to table,” meaning that the ingredients served are locally sourced.
- Cuisine-wise, the menu is an American-European fusion by chefs with international training.
- Due to the difference in climate and location, Lakeland’s potential menu will feature some different items than Battle Creek, with an emphasis on fish.
- The restaurant will have its own bar serving up beer and wine, and liquor.
- Should everything pan out today, construction would quite literally begin tomorrow with a $3 million renovation by the buyer.
- Currently, an opening date is slated sometime in June, should all of the details fall into place.