House of Memoriesphoto by Shirley Butz

House of Memories

House of Memories
506 7th Street
St. Paul, NE 68873

Phone: (308) 754-9183

Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, by reservation only

Delicious trip down memory lane

House of Memories
photo by Shirley Butz

The House of Memories in St. Paul, Nebraska, is a charming restaurant, catering, and gift shop business run by the mother/daughter team of Brenda Janssen and Dee Patten. Brenda and her husband, Keith, purchased the business early this spring. The House of Memories specializes in birthday parties, red hat parties, class reunions, showers, bus tours, holiday parties, weddings, and anniversary celebrations. Theme parties, such as “Just us Girls” and “Girls Just Gotta Have Fun” are specifically designed for girls ages twelve and younger and for women who are young at heart. These girl-themed parties include dress-up and root-beer floats for girls twelve and under or dress-up and wine for women. The menu has been expanded to include three salads each day, and Fried Chicken Friday is popular with locals and visitors alike.

The House of Memories has excellent brewed black, sweet, and peach tea made by Brenda, who was raised in Georgia and is an expert tea-brewer—a rare and valuable gift. In addition to the excellent tea, the meals, ranging from current salads and wraps to timeless, comfort food dishes are all made from scratch. Beverage and dessert are included, and meals range from $7 to $10. Carry-out is available for $1.50 extra and whole pies can be made to order as well. A weekly menu can be seen online at

History fills House of Memories

The House of Memories is located in a beautiful residence that was home to two families in the 19th century. The home was built by local lawyer Paul Anderson and his wife, Maren, in 1910. It was then was purchased by the Sack family in the mid 1900’s, remaining in the family as Mary Sack-Hedrick purchased the residence from her parents and turned the home into a restaurant and gift shop in 2004, which she ran for 11 years before Brenda and Keith took over the business this March. Brenda and Dee have continued the excellent service that has become the hallmark of The House of Memories. A gracious nod is given to the Andersons’ and the Sacks’ as framed photographs of these previous owners hang on the stairway leading up to the gift shop on the second floor.

Seating for up to 30 people is available in three connected and open dining rooms on the main floor. The House of Memories is open from 11 am. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. It is open Saturday-Monday and evenings by reservation only. For groups of six or more, a reservation is required. To make a reservation, please call 308.754.9183.

Unique items make memorable gifts

The House of Memories gift shop is located on the second floor and features beautiful and unique gifts from aprons and tea towels to illuminated canvases of famous masterpieces and modern photographs. Ornate woodwork and beautiful furnishings give this gift shop a delightful ambience and create a lovely before- or after-dinner delight.

Not only does The House of Memories provide delicious meals, beautiful surroundings, and a delightful shopping experience, but this business allows its customers to step back in time while remaining comfortably in the present thanks to the gifted hospitality of Brenda and her daughter, Dee.

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Onna Carr

Onna Carr runs her business, Onna’s, and her website, She is the bestselling author of Lizzie Bennett: Pride and Prejudice Revisited 1943-1946. Onna also blogs on her site and guest blogs and writes articles on relates sites/platforms. Onna can be visited via her site, her author’s page, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

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