Chicago Style Favorites Take Over Texas!

The Chicago to Central Texas Food Connection is alive and well. Celebrating their 3rd Anniversary, Wise Guys: A Chicago Eatery, has taken the area by storm. The opening of their 4th location in Waco, Texas, on the day before Thanksgiving was a tremendous success, despite final inspections, that kept them from serving customers until 5 pm. They sold over $900 in the 3 hours they were open. This Texas expansion has created a foodie excitement. Proprietor and co-founder, Bill Nychay brought his love of authentic Chicago style food from the windy city to Harker Heights, Texas, a growing community adjacent to Fort Hood, the largest military base in the free world. Bill saw an opportunity and need for great Italian beef and sausage to cater to Chicago transplants serving their country in The Lone Star State.

Following a year of outstanding success, he opened a 2nd location near one of Fort Hood's main gates, and recently added a 3rd. Bill then set his sights on Waco, Texas, home of Baylor University. This new venue has opened the door for him to serve his products to the Ferrell Center for this season's men and women basketball program, and Baylor Stadium. Plans are already afoot for another location in Temple, Texas scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2013, and then expansion into Houston, Dallas and Austin.

His stores offer a 1920 to 1930's style decorum with images and relics from an era gone by. Menu offerings like, “The Godfather”, “Marilyn Monroe” and “The Don”, give it that extra punch. Bill also has free music nights, where a local talent, Bruce Carbonara, sings Sinatra songs. In addition to a fun atmosphere, Wise Guys serves up several authentic Chicago favorites to entice its customers. The Fontanini line-up includes: Roast Beef, Sweet Italian Sausage, Meatballs, Gyros, Polish Sausage and Pizza Toppings.


Though it has been stressful, the pains of Bill's labors have taken a dream and turned it into reality. Texas will always have its share of bar-b-que joints, steak houses and taquerias, but the future of Chicago style food looks bright and is here to stay.