Gay Hawk Restaurant and Bobo's Catering Service

Memphis, TN

The Gay Hawk was established in 1951 in Downtown Memphis. The restaurant catered to a Black audience (when it wasn't so popular to do so) until 1961. When he took over in 1963, Louis 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. Louis 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.