104 Southeast Third Street, Lee's Summit | 816-524-4545
Little neighborhood restaurants come and go, and many have come and gone in the storefront at 104 Southeast Third Street in downtown Lee's Summit — nearly a dozen different dining spots have operated in this space since 1950. But when the popular Neighbor's Café closed last January, customers of the home-style diner took the loss especially hard. The cozy, good-natured joint had served breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. But the mourning period turned out to be a brief one. In less than a month, Tony Olson, Bob Baker and Ben Wine reopened the space as the Neighborhood Café, giving each customer one free iced cinnamon roll with every meal. The partners cleaned the place up but only slightly tweaked the menu. "All the old regulars came back," Wine says, "and they keep thanking us for keeping it going. Even better, we're doing well."