Lexington man selected out of thousands for Chili’s-esque renovation


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Lexington man was selected out of thousands of submissions for Chili’s new home renovation competition.

In order to win, contestants submitted a video showing their love of Chili’s, why they should win and, of course, creativity was encouraged.

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In Walter’s video he played with the concept of his changing lifestyle. Him and his wife are new parents as of early November. But, he said his love of Chili’s hasn’t changed.

A Chili’s spokesperson said the prize is one room renovated to feel like Chili’s.

HGTV star Brian Patrick Flynn from HGTV’s Dream Home is going to be designing the remodel.

The renovations will be a surprise for the family and are scheduled to start Monday.

It should take about a week to finish.



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