Twin Peaks transformation begins

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Construction has started at the restaurant which served as the backdrop for Waco’s 2015 biker massacre.

(Photo by Rissa Shaw)

The old Twin Peaks restaurant at the Central Texas Marketplace is being transformed into Scotty’s Brewhouse, a restaurant chain based out of Indiana.

"I think the primary focus with this is to move on,” said Gary Morphew, Construction Superintendent on behalf of Buttry & Brown Development in Plano.

The biggest change will be the removal of the front canopy, which along with the metal stag that’s already been removed, is one of the most identifiable features of Twin Peaks locations.

"Once we get the demo done, the remodel will start on the interior walls, we'll start tomorrow (Tuesday) on the exterior and convert this building into an unrecognizable new building for a Scotty's Brewhouse,” said Morphew.

“It’s a different building, it needs a different appearance.”

On May 17, 2015 nine bikers were killed and more than 20 others were injured in a turf war between rival groups during a biker meeting which was supposed to take place at the restaurant.

The building has sat empty until now.

City building officials said the construction permit was issued Nov. 3, and were happy a new tenant was taking over the space.

“Glad to see something happening with that building….finally!” said Bobby Horner, Inspection Supervisor for the City of Waco.

Horner said the building was in good condition; it was only about one-year-old at the time of the shooting, so all the existing mechanical, plumbing, and electrical work will remain intact.

Morphew said they passed initial fire inspections, so now they can start with the demolition, then the remodel.

He said the restaurant was designed with a modern feel and would be WiFi equipped.

"It will have appropriate connections for computers, laptops, for people to come in,” he said.

While there wouldn’t be any Twin Peaks memorabilia, he said there would be a Baylor influence at the restaurant.

“We’re proud of the bears,” said Morphew.

Scotty’s Brewhouse representatives said they were excited to have their first Texas location in Waco and hoped to open in mid to late January of 2018.