ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A landmark eatery in downtown St. Louis is closed until repairs can be made to the structure.

A hole was knocked in the front of the Eat-Rite Diner in the 600 block of Chouteau around 3am Sunday, when it was struck by an SUV.

Eat-Rite owner Lewis Powers talked to KMOX after the crash, “There’s a large hole, there’s dust and brick all over everything. It was a lot worse than I thought it would be. We’ve had cars hit the building before, but never this much.”

Powers says he thinks there may be structure damage to the front of the building. He’ll get estimates and hopes to reopen soon.

No customers were injured.

The Eat-Rite Diner is honored as a Route 66 Roadside Attraction. It has a plaque on the outside that reads, “Established in the 1940s, the Eat-Rite Diner is one of the few nostalgic Route 66 diners left for great burgers and a friendly atmosphere.”


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