Handlebar Diner is the first major food and drink spot in Eastmark, and it couldn’t be more fitting for our community. The refurbished iconic 1940s Valentine Diner is located in the heart of our community—directly adjacent to The Eastmark Great Park and splash pad.
Already a prime location for community gatherings, Handlebar Diner will provide a great space for residents to walk or ride their cruisers to for a drink or a bite.
“Over the past four years, we’ve seen thousands of families gather in The Eastmark Great Park for everything from concerts to events to picnics.” says Dea McDonald, Eastmark General Manager and SVP to DMB. “It’s always been a big hit when local food trucks participate, so we knew that Eastmark was ready for a small, local watering hole. Handlebar Diner is the perfect solution.”
DMB acquired the 10-seat, 1940s Valentine Diner in 2015 and quickly went to work designing and constructing an extended outdoor patio area with an expanded kitchen and beer garden. Handlebar Diner will seat and serve up to 70 guests. Handlebar will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner; it will also have a full bar and coffee service.
At the helm of Handlebar’s operations and management are the duo team of Adam Allison, chef and co-owner of the Left Coast Burrito Co. food truck, and Kyle Hollenbeck, owner of Aioli Gourmet Burgers.
American diners date back to the early roots of our country. In the 1870s Walter Scott developed the horse-drawn lunch wagon to serve workers. Over time, the concept evolved. Kansas businessman Arthur Valentine, developed unique steel dining cars that offered small business owners something special—a dining car with a few seats inside, and an easy take-out window for traditional fare. When he launched the Valentine Diner after World War II, these iconic diners quickly spread across Route 66 and the West, bringing together small towns.
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