Saying Goodbye to the Uptown Cafe

Image: The Uptown Cafe is closing on September 12, 2015. There will be a reception for Doris Mitchell that day at 2:00 p.m. at the cafe.

When Doris Mitchell started working for Oma’s Jiffy Burger in Waxahachie many years ago, she had no idea that she would be grilling burgers and feeding people for 32 more years. But that is exactly what happened. Doris is the owner of the Uptown Café in downtown Italy and will serve her customers for the last time on September 12, 2015. The building she rented has sold so she is closing her doors that day.

Ribbon Cutting at Taco Bell

Image: Here is Dennis Durrett (Taco Bell franchise owner)  getting ready to cut the ‘red ribbon.’

Wow! Who would have thought our little town of Italy would have a Taco Bell! Well, we have one and to make it official, the ‘red ribbon’ was ceremoniously cut Friday afternoon by Dennis Durrett the franchise owner of Taco Bell.

New Name New Owner

Image: Jean Sanders is the proud owner of Noma Industries, Inc.

Texel sewing factory has been operating in Italy for over fifty-four years. In the past it has been known as Joseph Manufacturing and Green Brothers and is now going by the name of Noma Industries, Inc.

Local Entrepreneurs make the Channel 10 News

Image: Patty Hernandez and Alice Compton will be on Channel 10 News (Waco) May 15th at 4:00 PM.

Patty Hernandez (Avalon) and Alice Compton (Italy), creators of Patty’s Perfect Pocket will be on Channel 10 News out of Waco. They will be interviewed about their cell phone pockets that attach to belt loops, and undergarments.

An end of an era

Image: Italy Dairy Queen — Take a good look because Friday will be the last day that Dairy Queen opens their doors.

For as long as I can remember there has always been a Dairy Queen in Italy. Every day the parking lot would be filled with cars while family members were enjoying Dairy Queen ice cream treats and good old hamburgers the only way Dairy Queen makes them.

Keng Wok Chinese Comes to Italy

Image: Keng Wok Chinese Food — Wednesday was the grand opening of Keng Wok Chinese Restaurant, and the place was packed.

Wednesday was the grand opening of Italy’s new Chinese restaurant, Keng Wok Chinese. It opened at 10:30 am and it was hopping. So many customers it was over whelming. The parking lot was filled with cars and the restaurant had a line out the door and all the tables were full.

Burk’s Kinder College Closed

Image: Empty Building — Burk’s Daycare is no longer in this building.

Not only was Friday a gray day weather wise, it also was a very gray and gloomy day for Patricia Burk, owner of Burk’s Kinder College. Her lifelong dream of having a Christian daycare died on Friday with the closing of her daycare center.

Grand Opening of Miss Millie’s

Image: A Full House — It was a “full house” for Miss Millie’s grand opening.

When I walked into Miss Millie’s Restaurant and Music Hall Saturday evening I was met with wonderful aromas emanating from the kitchen and familiar tunes from the band, Final Showdown. Everywhere you looked the tables were full with customers and delicious dishes of Mexican and American cuisine.

Grand Opening for Hobbs Feed & Supply

James & Joyce Hobbs expects a big turnout on Saturday, March 14. The owners will have their official grand opening 10am to 5pm and wants everyone to attend. KBEC will broadcast live from 11am to 1pm with door prizes throughout the airing and the official ribbon cutting with Mayor Jackson will begin at noon. There wil be a special tribute to all Veterans.

Italy Donut Shop closed their doors

Image: Italy Donuts — Italy Donuts have closed their doors.

Saturday morning many cars could be seen pulling up to the Italy Donut shop, located at 148 W. Main street in Italy and then leaving empty handed. Italy Donuts have closed their doors and have gone out of business.

Decorative Concrete – the name says it all

Image: Todd Graham — Todd Graham standing on the beautiful decorative concrete porch he recently did for Monolithic Constructors. Lots of hard work went into this but as you can see it is worth it.

Todd Graham lived in College Station, Texas about ten years ago where he owned a business that made extruded concrete landscape edging. He decided to try the “corporate America” scene. He sold his business and moved to Midlothian, Texas where he went to work for “big box” store Target. He was the manager over the distribution warehouse. He worked for Target for about four and a half years and decided he really liked working for himself better than working for someone else.