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** Doe's Eat Place **

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Doe's Eat Place in Greenville, Mississippi

*Doe's Eat Place* is a chain of restaurants in the United States that
specializes in steaks, shrimp, and tamales.

Doe's Eat Place was established in Greenville, Mississippi in 1941 by
Dominick "Big Doe" Signa and his wife, Mamie. Doe's father moved to
Greenville in 1903 and opened a grocery store in the building that now
serves as the restaurant. The family lived in a house behind the store. The
grocery, which the Signa family called "Papa's Store," performed relatively
well financially until the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. After the
flood, Big Doe Signa started a bootlegging business to help provide for his
family. After several years he finally sold his 40 barrel still for $300
and a Ford Model T.

Around 1941, someone gave Mamie a partial recipe for hot tamales. She
improved on the recipe and began selling them. This was the beginning of
Doe's Eat Place.

At first, Signa ran a honky-tonk, strictly for blacks, in the front part of
the store. Buffalo fish and chili were regular menu items at that time.
Because of the racial segregation at the time it was socially unacceptable
for whites to come into Doe's. Therefore, when a local white doctor began
to stop at Doe's for a meal between house calls, Doe would serve him steaks
in the rear of the store. As word-of-mouth spread about the steaks, Doe
decided to start a restaurant in the rear of the building. For a short


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