“I have dreamed of owning my own restaurant for 20 years. When I was a kid I wanted to go to culinary school in Paris. I got my degree in education and did other jobs, but I always loved cooking. Both of my mamaws were good cooks and the name Ogee and Anna came from them.
I worked at and managed lots of restaurants. The last one I worked at for three and a half years. The owner told me opening a restaurant was going to be too hard. I didn’t want to work for someone else making $10 for the rest of my life and never try it on my own. I moved back to Yazoo City with my 15-year-old son and have looked at properties here for several years. Some of them seemed like the perfect place. We would get our hopes up and then get discouraged when each fell through. I kept holding out for God to find the right one.
This house was legally owned by a lady who was incapacitated. I had the keys from August through February but couldn’t do anything because I was going through the courts to get it straight. I worked on this house seven days a week from February through September and did almost all of the renovation work myself. I am a handy girl, but a lot of it was looking on my phone for instructions. My son has been a big help. After three months, it still hits me that I have a restaurant and I immediately thank God.
I opened with no capital because a contractor ripped me off. The first day we made $50, the second day was $74. It grows a little bit at a time but God keeps getting us through. I will be happy if I can make just enough to pay the bills. I get to do the thing I love and it makes me feel good to hear that people say they like my food.
I don’t use my grandmother’s recipes because she didn’t have any. She just knew what to do. She kept a big biscuit bowl under the sink. It took me my whole life to figure out how to make a pretty good biscuit, but they still aren’t as good as hers. We are open for breakfast and lunch. The food here is nothing fancy but it is home cooking of hamburgers, catfish, and shrimp and grits. You have to try the cinnamon rolls. They are a lot of work but they are so good.
This restaurant and the customers who come here are everything to me. Some customers have prayed with me and I pray at night for the Little House and everyone who comes in. Mrs. Little lived in this house for many years and everyone still calls it that. People have so many good memories of her and this will always be her house. She had lots of flowers and I will add flower beds and a white picket fence. I want it to stay homey and honor her. I also want to hang a picture of my Gramaws and Ms. Little so they live on here.”