Jacob Bates already has made his mark on downtown Temple.
His restaurant — Bird Creek Burger Co., 6 S. Main St. — is in its second year of operations.
Bates is set to open what he describes as a downtown destination: A pizzeria with a taproom and a coffee roastery.
Treno Pizzeria & Taproom and First Street Roasters are currently under construction at 110 and 112 S. First St.
“We want the whole thing to be a destination in downtown Temple to get people off of the highway,” Bates said.
The pizzeria, he said, will sling wood-fired pizza and feature 36 beers on tap.
Next door will be the coffee shop.
“We’re going to roast our own coffee, and it’s going to have a deli as well,” Bates said, adding that baristas handcraft coffee drinks. “We’ll have some fresh baked goods. We’ll have salads and sandwiches and stuff like that.”
Behind both buildings will be a play area for children, a live music area and games for adults.
Work on the pair of buildings started earlier this year, Bates said.
“So far the project is pretty on schedule,” Bates said. “We’re looking at December or early January to open.”
The Temple City Council last year awarded a $230,000 grant for the nearly $1.5 million project.
“I’m excited about it,” Councilwoman Jessica Walker said at the time. “It’s going to be a wonderful addition.”
This project, Bates said, is something Temple wants and needs.
“They’re two things that this part of town does not have as far as smaller business goes,” he explained. “We have one Starbucks off of the highway. But, aside from that, there’s really nowhere for the general downtown public to go get a cup of coffee early in the morning, fresh pastries and grab-and-go stuff like that.”