A big project starts small...

…and we started with a business plan.  The big plan had to be put on hold for a year to arrange our wedding.  We were so excited that we picked right back up and dove in immediately after the honeymoon.  We wanted to do this now while we’re young… because if not now, when?”

36 North Main Street
Front door at 36 Restaurant & Bar

We started the search in downtown cape.

We’ve always liked downtown, the smells, sights, sounds, the river, old buildings, and the history.  As soon as we walked into the building at 36 North Main Street, we knew we had found the perfect space.  It had great flow. We closed on the building in August of 2014 and started working full-time to get everything ready to open.  We rolled up our sleeves and demoed, renovated, and did most of the finishing work ourselves.  We brought in experts for the big items like the plumbing and electricity, but WE sanded and stained the bar, painted, installed trim, ripped the old plaster, and more.

36 is a cozy, welcoming spot.

We think our hard work paid off with a dining room that is special but not stuffy.  We aimed for something intimate.  You’ll find artwork and décor inspired by the Great Gatsby, Erte-style prints, a grand mirror you might recognize from another Cape Girardeau fine dining classic, Mollie’s, and an antique buffet from down the street.  We fill the vases with fresh roses daily and hope you feel at ease in the comfortable old-school style that will make a lovely backdrop for your exceptional evening out.

Upstairs, we created a custom Private dining space.

Perfect for special events, groups, and meetings. It includes private restrooms, a bar and dedicated bartender, a balcony, and two separate rooms that can be combined for a unique experience. We have since expanded to include offsite catering. Now, we are capable of catering almost any number of guests into the hundreds.

There are over 400 wines on our ever-growing list.

You’ll find mostly French and Californian wines but we carry a wide selection.  We use only genuine German Riedel crystal stemware. 

After receiving the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence from 2017-2020, we were awarded the Best of Award of Excellence for 2021 and 2022.