Call for desserts; Shake test; Buzzard Billy has changed his name; George’s milestone; bamboo toilet paper

Filling up to visit relatives this Thanksgiving may not have the surprise value it did a few months ago. AAA Texas, the auto club, reported that the average price of regular unleaded gasoline is lower in Texas than anywhere else in the country, at least as of Thursday, when it released its weekly report.

The state average for regular unleaded gasoline was $3.07, though Waco’s standard was 6 cents lower at $3.01 per gallon. Random checks around town Thursday revealed much lower prices at Valero stores in Bellmead and Lacy Lakeview, $2.73 and $2.74, respectively, Walmart in Hewitt, $2.79 a gallon, and Brookshire’s, Murphy USA, Pilot, QuikTrip , CEFCO and Huggy Bear Food Mart locations that advertised prices below $2.85.

“Texas drivers are paying three cents per gallon more, on average, at pumps compared to a year ago,” AAA spokesman Daniel Armbruster wrote in Thursday’s report.

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call for desserts

The Salvation Army serving Waco and McLennan counties is in need of donations of cakes, cookies and other desserts for their Thanksgiving meal on Thursday. More than 300 people are expected for the annual holiday meal at 300 Webster Ave., according to a Salvation Army news release.

“Volunteers are the only way we can successfully feed, house, minister to, and assist the homeless or destitute in our community,” the news release reads. Anyone wishing to donate food should call the Community Kitchen at 254-757-1641 before traveling to the center.

shake test

Here in Greater Waco we have a right to feel special. The Panera chain has listed Waco in its test market for “Bakery Shakes,” which it describes in a press release as “appetizing, flavorful shakes inspired by customers’ favorite bakery items.” Other testing sites in Texas include Waxahachie, Killeen, Cedar Hill, Temple, Mansfield, and Grand Prairie. Panera plans a nationwide rollout when warm weather arrives in 2003.

Available flavors include The Kitchen Sink, Fudge Brownie Swirl and Strawberry Cheesecake Swirl, according to the release.

Buzzard Billy’s name flies away

Buzzard Billy’s has been renamed The Brazos Landing. Part of Waco’s dining scene since 1993, when it opened near Franklin Avenue and University Parks Drive as Buzzard Billy’s Armadillo Bar and Grill-O, it moved in 2008 to its current location where the Brazos River and Interstate 35 meet.

“The owners want to tap into Waco’s rich history and blend old traditions with new endeavors,” according to a news release. “Refining and expanding the menu in recent months has created a more unique dining experience. Customers can now enjoy delicious chef-inspired entrees and desserts.”

The press release says it also offers French wines and a selection of bourbon. Brazos Landing will also provide shuttle service when Baylor University completes work on its new riverside basketball arena on the opposite bank.

george’s milestone

Thirty years ago this month, local restaurateur Sammy Citrano purchased George’s Bar and Restaurant from the late George Betros. South Waco’s old salute to beer and chicken fried steak has become a popular hangout for Baylor University sports fans before and after the game, and many unaffiliated locals and travelers alike. days except Sundays.

“Sammy had no idea what the future held for George’s and never anticipated that the 60-seat bar would become a 400-seat restaurant,” according to a press release prepared on behalf of Citrano by Caryn Berger Brown, owner of a local marketing company. “With over 150 team members, a long-term management team, and even a second location, there’s no question that George’s is now a local favorite.”

The press release also says that Citrono has a new concept on the drawing board.

Building Permit Summary

Quite a few notable building permits have been issued in recent weeks, including one valued at $3 million to place a Spec’s Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods retail store at 2335 S. New Road, which sits between I-35 and the new Creekview Drive serving the development that houses Cinemark, Main Event and Topgolf.

Elsewhere, a permit valued at $150,000 will cover completion work on a bakery and cafeteria at 3619 Bosque Blvd. The McDonald’s at 4330 Franklin Ave. will receive a $35,000 renovation. $1.5 million worth of renovations are scheduled for a Neuragenex pain treatment center on West Waco Drive. And the HEB on Woodway Drive is ready for a $105,000 remodel.

The City of Woodway obtained a permit to build a new Woodway Family Center at 1100 Estates Drive, but did not provide a cost estimate. The city sold $6.4 million in bonds last year to pay for construction right next to the existing downtown building.

Records show another permit was issued without details on the address and estimated cost for a climbing gym on Alliance Parkway in Hewitt.

bamboo toilet paper

What would you call a company that makes bamboo toilet paper?

Bampooh is what Ziad Halabi calls it, and he is the owner, having made his headquarters on Bagby Avenue. His product is manufactured outside of the United States and stocked locally. Product listings, descriptions, and prices are available at

“I’m in touch about a new company we’re launching in Waco that offers bamboo toilet paper,” Halabi wrote in an email to the Tribune-Herald. “Our hopes are to create high-quality jobs in Waco while also pursuing our cause of helping the planet by offering a sustainable product.”

The company’s website suggests that Bampooh is serious about its cause, but maintains a sense of humor about it, offering exhortations to “go tree-free with your TP” and asking, “Why Bampooh? Two reasons: No 1 and No. 2.”

He says 27,000 trees are cut down annually “to save our own butts,” as Americans buy 7 billion rolls of toilet paper each year.

Something to think about the next time you… take a break.

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