Route 66 News

Monroe’s Diner reopens as a Cajun restaurant

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.