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Judy Saulter, server

Doe's Eat Place

Judy Saulter has worked as a waitress at Doe’s Eat Place since 1970. A native of Greenville, she enjoyed Doe’s hot tamales as a youth. So when she needed a job, she approached the Signas. Thirty-five years later, Judy is still there six nights a week, dictating the same menu of tamales, shrimp, salad and steaks that she memorized her first night on the job. When the place gets busy, and it always gets busy, Judy has a hand in a bit of everything from making salads to washing dishes. She’s even broiled a few steaks over the years. She knows every battered table top, each worn space in the floor. She feels so at home that, in 1988, she recruited her daughter, Debra, to join her as a server. Today, the Signa-Saulter family lines are blurred, and Doe’s customers are better off because of it.

Date of interview:
2005-09-15 00:00

Amy Evans

Amy Evans

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