Steve's father opened his first restaurant, the Dixie Grill, in a lean-to attached to the 1927 stucco warehouse that Doumas has under renovation. Doumas has worked in restaurants operated by various family members all his life, and in many ways this new venture represents a homecoming.
“It’s like coming back full circle to where my dad started,” Doumas said on a recent Friday afternoon. “My dad came down and walked through the building. He remembered where the freight elevator was. He said, ‘Oh yeah, that’s where Session Specialty [department store] was. That’s where the furniture store was.’”