Dick and Jenny Benz met in New Orleans at the Upperline Restaurant – she was a server and he was the chef. After getting married on Uncle PJ’s boat on the West River they decided to open a little dinner restaurant in Uptown New Orleans. They called it Dick & Jenny’s, of course.
After years of success as a locals’ favorite, Dick & Jenny’s got thrown a curve ball: Hurricane Katrina. The restaurant and staff’s property were intact but Dick & Jenny’s home was in their neighbor’s lot! So after evacuating to Grand Island, they decided to stay in the land of aunts, uncles and cousins. The restaurant in New Orleans was sold to employees and is still as busy as ever. The New Orleans website is www.dickandjennys.com
if you’re planning a trip to the Big Easy.
With a brief hiatus, the Benz’s began to miss the hustle and bustle of restaurant life. The old Del & Herb’s building fit the bill for a locals’ kind of joint. The building was originally further up Baseline Road and constructed in the late 1800’s. With history as a dance hall and busy neighborhood hub, it was a renovation project they couldn’t resist. And oh what a year-long project!
So on to a new chapter for Dick and Jenny and the building at Baseline and Love. All the plates on the wall are people that supported us in bringing back dinner and drinks. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts for all the kindness and well wishes and frequent visits! The people of Grand Island also were incredibly generous and supportive when we evacuated from New Orleans. Thank you so much.