Richard J. Brennan Sr., part of one of New Orleans' best-known culinary families, has died at age 84.

A publicist for Dickie Brennan and Co., the restaurant group run by his son, said the elder Brennan died Saturday.

Richard Brennan, better known as Dick, was the brother of Owen Brennan, founder of Brennan's Restaurant in the French Quarter.

Following Owen's death in the 1950s, Richard and his family continued operating Brennan's while expanding to other restaurants in other cities.

A family split in the 1970s led to Richard joining his siblings John, Adelaide, Ella and Dottie as they developed Commander's Palace. That restaurant in New Orleans' Garden District became a world-famous destination for Creole cuisine. Among the chefs who gained fame there were Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse.