Drake Diner, located at 1111 25th St., Des Moines, is a wonderful place to sit down, grab a bite to eat, and hang out with some friends. From their burgers to their shakes, everyone loves the Drake Diner. The 1950’s style restaurant is well known in the Drake University area, since their opening in 1987.
Often times, people visit Drake Diner for their burgers. It always brightens people’s day receiving a mayo smiley face on the bun. Drake Diner is also famous for their cake shake. This is a one of a kind shake which includes a piece of cake blended with Blue Bunny ice cream. It may be a bit of a wait for some food or to be seated, however it is definitely worth the wait.
Typically when people hear “Drake Diner”, their minds go back nearly 26 years ago to the cold, rainy night of November 29th, 1992 when two Drake Diner employees were both shot and killed during a robbery done by Joseph White Jr., who still remains in prison. White entered the restaurant, approached Cara McGrane at the front counter, and shot and killed her instantly. Tim Burnett, who was there on his day off, heard the gunshot from the back of the building, and rushed to the front. White then shot and killed Burnett as well. He then told another employee to open the cash register. White escaped the restaurant with $1,470. He was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences with the possibility of parole.
Although the Drake Diner murders still sadden people to this day, the restaurant is continuing to flourish.