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Monroe’s Diner reopens as a Cajun restaurant May 13, 2012

Posted by Ron Warnick in Food, Restaurants.

The old Monroe’s Diner building, a landmark on Route 66 in Pacific, Mo., that was shuttered for years, recently reopened as the Down South Cafe.

Monroe’s is known for its stone facade, attached to a Quonset hut structure (photo here). It was built in the 1940s, and closed a few years ago. Its location is 409 E. Osage in Pacific.

The new owner, Dawn Vinson, serves American food as well as Cajun and Creole-style cuisine from her native Louisiana. Included on the menu are muffuletta and po’boy sandwiches, gumbo, etouffe, fried alligator, and beignets, although that may vary on the season.

Vinson says the interior of the restaurant is covered in Route 66 decor, and recently hosted a Chevrolet Chevelle car club.

Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


1. Brant - May 14, 2012

Love the Gumbo, can’t wait to try the ‘gator.

2. Lynn Tietjens - October 28, 2012

When you make your menu would you please send us a copy or the web we are from that area hard to find good Cajun food glad you opened we live about 20 minutes from there will be there often thanks Lynn

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