We purchased the restaurant formally known as Wheeler’s Diner in September of 2009 after looking at other properties in the St. Joseph area for over a year. We heard it was up for sale the day before we left for a five week trip to California with Harvey’s job, so we called and made an appointment to visit that day. We finalized the deal while we were still in California.
We had a different idea for the former diner, we wanted to go with a Roadhouse concept, the best , freshest possible, homemade food, prime cuts of beef for our steaks and hamburger. An all around great food experience.
Who we are:
Harvey Diggs was raised in Balckow and surrounding area and graduated from North Andrews High, he grew up the son of a butcher and his first job in the market was working in the Butcher shop. He learned the cuts of meat from his father and also what good hamburger and a good steak were.
Our family has lived in Northwest Missouri for the last 4 generations. Harvey’s Father, Clarence Diggs owned the General Store in Bolckow, MO with his brother Kenneth Diggs during the 1960’s later moving to Prairie Center and operating the store there till he sold it and moved to Omaha and worked for Safeway Markets till his retirement as a meat cutter.
Our general manager and head chef is Willie Diggs. His background and love of food starts with being born into the Diggs family. His career in food has spanned every genre from his first job of dishwashing at the Sedalia Country Club where he decided he wanted to make a career out of food. His next move was to California where he went to work for Bucca de peppo, working his way thru the ranks and back to Florida where he opened new stores for them. He desired to move back home to Missouri and took a job in the Kansas City area managing Joe’s Crab Shack. He and his father Harvey started talking about opening a restaurant in NW Missouri area, so he moved back to Savannah and went to work as a Manager for Olive Gardens and then later with Famous Dave’s before opening the Barnard Roadhouse Grill.
So with that history, you understand our passion for good food! We knew from day one that we would grind our own hamburger from choice Angus beef daily, cut our own steaks from the best cuts and pound out our pork tenderloins fresh every day. Sure it takes a little longer but we are extremely picky about our food. We eat like this at home and we want you to experience the same good eats!