Kelley's Village Inn: A Timeline
Family-owned and operated for 38 Years.
In August 1982, Robert Kelley (Dennis’ Father) purchased Village Inn from existing owners. Dennis began working for his father at the age of 15. Before Robert purchased the business, the menu consisted of pizza and pasta. At the time, there were 8 other pizza locations in the neighborhood. When Robert purchased, between 1982-1992 the menu evolved to more options including seafood, poboys, lunch buffets, and more!
In 1992, an upstairs fire caused the restaurant to be shut down for 3 months.
In 2000, Dennis and sibling purchased Village Inn from their father Robert.
In 2005, Katrina hit New Orleans causing the restaurant to be closed for 3 months. Dennis and Judy's 4th child was 3 weeks old at this time.
In 2013, Dennis became the sole owner of Village Inn and changed the name to Kelley’s Village Inn.
Jefferson Parish "Oyster Trail"
This business is part of the Jefferson Parish “Oyster Trail” – the trail is an experience that focuses on Jefferson Parish restaurants serving Louisiana Oysters. The trail has 20 participants and all participants have a 3-foot tall oyster sculpture that is hand-painted in the front of the building.
About the Kelleys
The Kelley’s have lived in Jefferson Parish their entire life. Dennis moved to River Ridge at 18 years of age, and currently resides in River Ridge with his family: Judy Kelley (wife), Miranda (daughter, 21 years), Cecilia (daughter, 18 years), Veronica (daughter, 17 years), and Garrett (son, 14 years). One of the popular dishes that they currently serve is named after their daughter “Crawfish Veronica”
Dennis enjoys hanging out with family and volunteering with the children’s school and in the community.
St. Joseph Altar
Kelley’s Village Inn is a huge participant in the St. Joseph altar. They have participated for 14 years. They began this altar at their home and it got so large they moved it to the restaurant over 5 years ago. Some favorites are our homemade Italian cookies, bread, and cannolis. This is open to the community to enjoy.