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Mr. Bobo turned the Gay Hawk into a meeting place for old friends, a citywide catering hub, and a Memphis Legend for community and comfort food. Mr. Bobo served the Memphis community for over 50 years and in 2012, he passed the restaurant on to his daughter, Terica Bobo, who now operates the facility, working hard to keep this cherished Memphis landmark alive.

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The Gay Hawk was established in 1951 in the southeast corner of Downtown Memphis on formally Wellington Ave. The restaurant was opened by Mr. Harris Scheuner, also the owner of Gridiron Restaurants, who catered to a black audience (when it wasn’t so popular to do so) until 1961. The restaurant sat empty for two years before it was offered to Lewis Bobo in 1963. Mr. Bobo, who worked at Napa Auto Parts and owned a cleaning service, took over operations after buying the building from Mr. Scheuner with all that he had – $400 a month for 14 years.

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