By Ginger Reilly
Chicago Tribune (TribLocal Lincolnway – Frankfort, Mokena, and New Lenox)
For more than 40 years, a steak and lobster restaurant owned by a couple married 63 years has strived to offer quality food and a casual elegance inspired by the bygone-era supper club.
“This is a family restaurant and our children are involved with us — all four children,” said Joy Leonardo, who co-owns with her husband, Benny, Mr. Benny’s at 19200 Everett Lane in Mokena and its second location in Matteson.
Benny Leonardo was in his late 20s when he entered the restaurant business after his tobacco business folded during a difficult time in that industry.
“I had to make a living for my family,” Benny Leonardo said.