The Jensen’s opened a Root Beer Drive-In on North Bennington Road in 1961. They served root beer at 5 cents and 10 cents in a frosted mug. The menu featured hot dogs, hamburgers, chili dogs, French fries and Chubby Chicken. The car hops were a new innovation in Bennington and everyone enjoyed having meals served in their cars.
The Jensen’s stayed in that location from 1961 to 1971, when the Vermont Highway System needed the land for the new Route 7. They rebuilt in the present location in 1972 and changed from Seasonal to year round, with an extensive new menu of breakfast, lunch, dinner, beer and wine. In the fall of 1986 they enlarged the present location to include a greenhouse with an added capacity of 44 seats. In the spring of 1997 Jensen’s Restaurant again expanded with a new patio with seating for an additional twenty-four people. This section has waitress service from April though October.
Fast forward to 2010 and yet another change took place when their daughter Amy took over the reigns. It gives Amy great pleasure to continue to offer top quality meals, great service and low prices, plus an array of daily homemade specials.
“I look forward to continue my family’s hard work and dedication to provide a family style Restaurant to Bennington.” Our Family wants to thank all that have contributed to our 50 years, from our faithful patrons to our amazing staff (past and present). We have many fond memories and hope they continue for many more years.
Chuck, Ann and Amy
In memory of Chuck Jensen