DOT DOMILISE 2018-05-31T16:52:06-05:00

Project Description

THE ICON: Dot Domilise

THE LEGACY: For seven decades, Dorothy Domilise — known to everyone as Miss Dot — assembled thousands of succulent shrimp, roast beef, hot sausage and oyster po-boys in the small yellow building that carried her family’s name in Uptown New Orleans. They weren’t just any po-boys, though. Hers became recognized as among of the best in New Orleans, celebrated on countless “best of” lists. They were always better with her homemade secret sauce, but her real secret was that — like the best New Orleans chefs — she just loved feeding people. When the restaurant was operating Monday through Saturday, Sunday was her least favorite day of the week, her granddaughter Jamie Henry said, “because the restaurant was closed, and the customers weren’t coming in.”

THE ARTIST: Queen Hope Parker, WhereYart.net

THE INSPIRATION: “She loved everything about her customers. She loved their families. She loved their lives. She went to their weddings, and she went to their funerals.” — Jamie Henry, on her grandmother, Dot Domilise