Before becoming a restaurant, the building located at 214 E. Louisiana was home to Hope Hardware. Hope Hardware occupied the site for 80 years. Inside, you can see nailheads in the wood floor, which represented numbers. These numbers were used to measure lengths of rope and chain.
An ad in the McKinney Examiner dated September 3, 1925 states: A. D. Hope and Sons — Hardware and Furniture - 'Cotton Pickers’ Special: Sacks Ready Made, Knee Pads, Cotton Scales, Wagon Covers, Tents, Camp Stoves, Cots, At Living Prices, McKinney.
Today, the building is home to the Pantry Restaurant, which opened its doors in November 1982 on South Tennessee St. In 1991 the restaurant moved to its present location in the old Hope Hardware Building.