If things had gone differently, restaurateurs Andy Lock and Domhnall Molloy, the owners of the Summit Grill & Bar in Lee's Summit and in Waldo, would have announced their plans to turn the 69-year-old Arnold Hall, at 123 Southeast Third Street in Lee's Summit, into a new restaurant, 3rd Street Social — on May 24, that town's official "Joseph Arnold Day."
But the deal hadn't been finalized in May for Lock and Molloy to purchase the brick building, which Arnold, a successful Lee's Summit businessman, had donated to the city in 1950 for use as a community center. After Arnold's death, in 1955, Lee's Summit put plans to renovate the structure, built as a pipe-manufacturing plant, on hold. For the next four decades, Arnold Hall, as the building was known, was rented out, with proceeds going to local community activities, including sports and summer recreation programs.
When 3rd Street Social opens next year, it will be the third restaurant in the metro for Lock and Molloy; their second, Waldo Summit Grill & Bar, which opened last fall at 500 West 75th Street, was an immediate success
in a seemingly jinxed location.