Do you know what a runza is? They’re bread pockets filled with meat, cabbage, onions, and seasoning. While you might not be able to find them in most parts of the United States, they’re a big deal in Nebraska.
There “runza” isn’t just the name for the food itself but also the name of a fast food chain that serves the dish as well as burgers, fries, and onion rings. Many Nebraskans consider Runza a proud state tradition and Ben and Jenna Thornburg are certainly not exceptions.
When Ben and Jenna Thornburg first met, he introduced her to the Runza fast food chain.
My son, Ben, who works at Runza asked his girlfriend to Homecoming today!
Ben and Jenna Thornburg are longtime lovers. They met each other all the way back in 6th grade, though they didn’t start dating until high school. That’s when Ben introduced Jenna to the OTHER love of his life: Runza restaurants.
It was love at first bite for Jenna, and the couple continued to embrace Runza, enjoying many dates there as their relationship continued to grow. They had a special corner table at a Runza, which they’d wait until it was available before they started their dates.
During Ben’s junior year of high school, he worked at a Runza in downtown Papillion. He wanted to ask Jenna to homecoming in a big way, so he asked the owner of the restaurant if he could put a message on the sign. The owner allowed it and the message read;
“Jenna Lower — Homecoming?”
Jenna agreed and they went.
In January 2018, Ben and Jenna got married and Runza played a major role in their wedding.
On January 13, 2018, Ben (22) and Jenna (21) got married. They served runzas at the rehearsal dinner prior to the wedding but the biggest Runza-related surprise came after they were married.
Shortly after the ceremony, the couple went to Runza alongside their bridesmaids and groomsmen. There, Ben gave Jenna onion ring which he slipped on her finger like a wedding ring. A photographer captured the moment beautifully.
Of course, Jenna was given a diamond ring as well. Although that ring doesn’t come with the advantage of being edible.
Right now, the Thornburgs live out in North Carolina, where Ben is stationed as a sergeant in the Marines. Yet, when his enlistment is up, they shall return to Nebraska where they can enjoy Runza restaurants once more.
Ben told Omaha.com, “It’s just a place where you feel at home.”