According to Al Kleindienst, a long-time resident of the Greater New Orleans Area, the O'Dwyer family opened a gambling club at 100 Jefferson Highway in 1949 called "O'Dwyer's." The O'Dwyer brothers were well-connected and operated many different clubs for decades. Though gaming was technically illegal, they were established members of the community.
In an interview, Al Kleindienst reflected on his in-laws' visits to the O'Dwyer club:
"It was a way of life in New Orleans. They, my mother-in-law, they never really had a lot of money. He [my father in law] was a lieutenant with the fire department. But once or twice a month [people] would get dressed up and come to Beverly or O'Dwyer or something like that and just enjoy it. Just eating good and gambling a little. And the music... they'd dance and everything. It was just a way of life. It was really nice. But. Like I said... Washington didn't get their share [in taxes], and that was the end of that. So it's a way of life that just stopped going on."