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Blues City Cafe

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Blues City Cafe opened in March of 1991 under the name of "Doe's Eat Place". Doe's was originated in Greenville Mississippi by owners Charles and Dominic (Doe) Signa. George Eldridge was brought in as the owner in Memphis and ran Doe's for 2 years during a push for business in downtown Memphis, particularly Beale Street. In the early 90's, Blues City Cafe developed a menu and consistent items that would work for the Memphis and Beale Street locals, tourists, etc. Ribs became the focal point, as they are today, and other items were added over the years, such as our steaks, catfish and tamales. In October of 1993, investors bought Doe's and changed the name to Blues City Cafe. Many of the same faces that were with Doe's in the early 90's remain at Blues City Cafe today. Ty Agee and Jerry Bean for example, their consistency and constant drive to better our food quality and speed of service have made Blues City Cafe what it is today, The #1 business at the #1 tourist attraction in Tennessee.

Over the years we have had many special musical guests in our music venue at Blues City Cafe called the Band Box. Below is a list of just some of the musicians that have graced our stage:

  • Rufus Thomas
  • BB King
  • Ollie Nightengale
  • Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Albert King
  • Little Jimmy King
  • Reverend Al Green
  • Hank Williams JR
  • Sam Phillips
  • Ike Turner
  • The Cate Brothers
  • Kid Rock
  • Jim Dandy
  • The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
  • Ivan Neville
  • Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
  • Keanu Reeves & Dogstar
  • Levon Helm
  • Memphis Horn - Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love
  • Timmy King
  • Denise Lasalle
  • Booker T. Laury
  • Phoebe Lewis
  • The Masqueradors
  • Willie Mitchell
  • The Hi Rhythm Section Courtney Love
  • Queen Latifah
  • R. Kelly
  • David Porter
  • R.L. Burnsides
  • Savory Brown
  • Smashing Pumpkins
  • Charlie Musselwhite
  • Carla Thomas
  • Marvell Thomas
  • Charlie Watts
  • Jack White
  • Jason D. Williams
  • Yanni
  • Leon Wilkeson & Lynrd Skynrd
  • The Dempseys
  • Free World
  • Earl The Pearl
  • Little G Weevil
  • Miss Zeno
  • American Hi Fi
  • Los Lonely Boys
  • Mark DeCarlo
  • Richie Havens
  • Big Jack Johnson

Here at Blues City Cafe we have had many interesting visitors, from the famous to the infamous, actors, politicians, musicians, authors, and sports figures. Here is a list of just a few of the famous that have enjoyed our eats:

  • President Bill Clinton
  • Robert Plant
  • Steve Cropper
  • Ben E. Keith
  • Trent Reznor
  • Buddy Guy
  • Jesse Jackson
  • Mayor Willie Herenton
  • Mayor A C Wharton
  • Mayor Jim Rout
  • Rep. John Ford
  • Rep. Harold Ford Sr.
  • Rep. Harold Ford Jr.
  • Steve Cohen
  • Shelby Foote
  • The Amazing Rhythm Aces
  • Garrison Kellier
  • Brent Humes
  • Jim Jarmurch
  • Milos Furman
  • Sydney Pollack
  • Keith Carradine
  • Carol Channing
  • Dave Chapelle Jimmy Paige
  • Duck Dunn
  • Alice Cooper
  • Little Milton
  • Al Franken
  • Tom Cruise
  • Wilford Brimley
  • Robert Duvall
  • Robert DeNiro
  • Woody Harrelson
  • George Hamilton
  • Elizabeth Hurley
  • James Gandolfini
  • James Earl Jones
  • Ed Harris
  • Nicole Richie
  • Diane Ladd
  • Conan O'Brien
  • Steven Seagall
  • Jerry Seinfeld
  • Jeanne Tripplehorn
  • Bill Murray
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Jerry West

Watch for our features on the Bobby Flay Show on the Food Network and on A Taste of America on the Travel Channel. Publications such as Bon Apetite Magazine and PS Magazine have featured our foods as well.

Come on in and put some "South In Your Mouth"!

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Hours of Operation:
Mon11:00 AM3:00 PM
Tue11:00 AM3:00 PM
Wed11:00 AM3:00 PM
Thr11:00 AM3:00 PM
Fri11:00 AM5:00 PM
Sat11:00 AM5:00 PM
Sun11:00 AM3:00 PM
Notes: None Listed


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