The building was originally owned by the Sisters of Mercy whose soup was regularly delivered by Edna Strickland to various charities around Hill Valley. In 1931, the business was taken over by Irving "Kid" Tannen, in order to restore his reputation after his name was besmirched by the arsonist who burnt down his speakeasy. After getting ownership, he converted it to a front where illegal alcohol was stored underground. The soup served was cabbage (also referred to as scrole ribollita). Cue Ball was in charge of serving the soup.
On June 13, 1931, Marty McFly had his first encounter with Kid Tannen and Cue Ball here. During the afternoon of that day, he returned with Emmett Brown to set it up so that Edna would pick up some barrels of alcohol.