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Contents of now-closed Waco cafe up for auction

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By Mike Copeland

WACO (AP) — The historic Elite Cafe building on Waco’s traffic circle will become another restaurant under the ownership of Chip and Joanna Gaines, local moguls and stars of the hit HGTV program Fixer Upper, but not before an auction of the building’s contents that will raise money for Mission Waco and its efforts to open a nonprofit grocery store in North Waco.

The Waco Tribune-Herald reports everything from furniture, appliances and artwork to the vintage Cadillac and signs out front — a total of more than 300 items — went on sale to the highest bidders on Saturday, spokesman Brock Murphy said Thursday.

Prospective bidders examined the merchandise the day before and morning of the auction.

Murphy, a spokesman for the Gaineses and their Magnolia attractions around Central Texas, said the couple and their companies support efforts by Mission Waco and its founder Jimmy Dorrell to address the food desert in the area surrounding the Mission Waco complex at North 15th Street and Colcord Avenue.