Archive for Wednesday, April 4, 2001

Black Jack Diner is on the way

April 4, 2001

Dari Ring, 516 Ames, closed last week. A new restaurant with a new theme and name, Black Jack Diner, will be opening at that location with a target date of April 18.

Penny Berndt purchased the business and will be managing the Black Jack Diner. Berndt has been in the restaurant business in various settings for 25 years. She and her brother provided lunches to construction sites which led to opening a deli in Lawrence. Berndt has also worked in food related settings from diners to Four Star restaurants.

"We will have steak and eggs for breakfast and a steak sandwich for lunch," Berndt said.

At this time, they will serve breakfast and lunch only.

"In time, I would like to get some smokers and serve smoked meat," she said.

There will a "blue plate special" every day and specialty items will be added later.

Chet McMillen will be cooking at the diner. He has many years of restaurant experience. He and Berndt both worked at the Dawg House.

"We will have good food at a reasonable price," Berndt said.

For the last year, Berndt has been a Black Jack dealer at the Aisle of Capri in Kansas City, Mo., but wanted to be home more with her family. This was a good opportunity for her to work in Baldwin City where she has been a resident since 1992, she said. The name Black Jack came out of her former job and because the area is rich in history with Black Jack Park. Some Baker students will help decorate the diner around the Black Jack Park theme.

Berndt purchased the building from Jo Ann Arnold who was interested in expanding her catering business.

Berndt plans to bring good, wholesome, home cooked food to her customers, she said. The Black Jack Diner will be open seven days a week.

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