A Bar and Diner with Soul 1

Plan a Pit Stop at American Garage Bar and Diner

If you haven’t yet visited this Lee’s Summit gem in the downtown area, (1 SE 4th Street.) you are missing out. Although the bar has been opened for business for the past three years, and visitors from all over the world have come to check out the unique building, the Diner is the hub of this establishment.

Serving breakfast and lunch from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, the resounding country style flavor and large portions remind me of my grandmother’s kitchen. The diner is closed on Mondays and opens on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. for their popular Taco Tuesday ($1.95 per taco).

Russell DiMaggio co-owns the business with Charlie Arnone; however the Diner is operated by Patience Bear.

Omelets, biscuits with sausage gravy, eggs Benedict ($6.99), and eggs any way you want to eat them are offered on a menu with a range of sides. For those looking for lighter fare, they offer oatmeal, fresh fruit and French toast. The French toast was light and full of flavor with the option to have it prepared with raisin bread, white, wheat or sour dough. I chose the ‘build your own’ omelet that included hash browns and toast. With more than 20 items to choose for your omelet, they can make it just the way you love it.

I visited on a Sunday morning I ordered the special which was a strawberry crepe filled with strawberries, crème and pecans ($8.95). It was heavenly.

American Garage Bar and Diner is the brain child of DiMaggio; a hometown guy with a love and respect for Pat Metheny, an American jazz guitarist and composer from Lee’s Summit. The building is filled with authentic memorabilia that is worth the visit all by itself. In fact if you’re a big fan of Antiques Roadshow, you’ll love this diner! It’s a memorabilia haven from every era.

Lunch brings an offering of homemade chili, with or without beans, hand-breaded tenderloins that melt in your mouth, grilled hamburgers that reminded me of home and a southwest chicken sandwich that would satisfy any Cajun loving flavor addict.

If you’re looking for an evening out with friends, the bar side of the Garage offers occasional local bands, Sunday Fundays, Happy Hour specials and more. However, it’s good to come a little early if you want a chance to sit at the most unique bar in the Midwest. Constructed from an original car lift, its unique concept is a testament of DiMaggio’s tenacity to stay true to his dream.

Although the website for the Garage is under construction, you can join their Facebook page at American-Garage-Bar-and-Diner to keep up with special events and happy hour specials.