About Us

Crystal plantation has a new ownership. Meet the Oliva’s!

Hello everyone. My name is Diego Oliva and my wife is Kimberly Oliva. We are excited to announce that we are the new owners of The Crystal Plantation. I have a degree in Business Administration and my wife is a Registered Nurse. She also specializes in Photography. We have two young children that absolutely make our world complete. Everything that we do is for them!

We are a loving family and are dedicated to give the best experience to our clients. We want everyone to feel welcomed and loved as if they are part of the family! As the venue will be under our ownership, we will continue to increase its reputation.

Our History

In the 1970s, Crystal Plantation was actually a skating rink named Franks Skating Rink!! Surprised right?! Crystal Plantation was never a real plantation. It was open for a few years. Due to the increasing population of skating rinks available in the area, Franks closed in the early 1980s. The property then housed a country western bar that wasn’t open for long before closing. 

The property exchanged through multiple owners until it landed in the hands of Lennie Dazet Jr in 1988. Lennie had a vision of remodeling the unkempt property into a beautiful wedding venue. He began renovations by adding the southern facade to the front of the building. He had chandeliers installed to emphasize its beauty and named it Crystal Plantation due to its southern, homey appearance. His business thrived in the heart of Kenner! 

In 2012, Lennie sold the business to Donnie Thomas, a long time employee of the venue. Donnie promised to continue to grow the business and its reputation. Donnie worked for Crystal plantation for 18 years with 8 of them being the owner. Donnie fulfilled his promise for Crystal Plantation. 

In 2019, Donnie sold the Crystal Plantation to Diego Oliva to pursue his investment dreams and spend quality time with his growing family. Diego is already making strides to improve its appearance. Diego has endured renovations to modernize the appearance of the venue and further improve its service! Come and check out the new renovations!