Poor House Bistro’s good times come to Little Italy, along with its home

Running a house is a tremendous job in itself. But taking its festive atmosphere with you? Now it takes something special.

But it happened on a Saturday morning when the Victorian-era home that used to be Poor House Bistro – adorned with Mardi Gras beads and Italian flags – was driven to its new home in Little Italy on Montgomery Street, around SAP Center and through St. gone. Between Henry’s High-Life and the Italian Museum under construction.

It took about four hours, but the house moved along with the festive crowd, with the crew of the Kelly Brothers house movers adjusting angles throughout the move. Musicians from St. Gabriel’s Celestial Brass Band of Lafayette set up on the corner of Barack Obama Boulevard and Santa Clara Street, playing New Orleans favorites to crowds that had grown from a few dozen to a few hundred when the music began—any good. Party sign. The band travels to the rest of the house in fits and starts along narrow St. John Street, where uprooting tree branches and power lines create an urban obstacle course.

SAN JOSE, CA – JANUARY 8: The Poor House Bistro slowly moves down West St. John Street to its new location in the Little Italy section of San Jose, California, Saturday, January 8, 2022. (Carl Mondon/Bay Area Newsgroup)

PG&E staff were there to move or cut (and later reconnect) lines, and Benjamin Smith of Mokey Smith Tree Specialist provided some mesmerizing entertainment. He shook the trees with ropes and a chainsaw, carefully cutting off the obstructing branches and making sure the house, covered with a blue tarp, would clear other limbs. The audience rejoiced as he spun from part to part like he was a Cirque du Soleil artist in a hardhat.

While the building was covered with plywood-covered gravel for its new home, mimosas and Bloody Marys flowed from next door into the courtyard formed from the parking lot of Henry’s High-Life, where what had once been established and Poor House Bistro. Cajun was selling scrambled eggs with andouille sausage, beignets and chicory coffee.

Now that it’s mostly in place, the Famiglia Meduri Poor House Bistro—the Italian tweak to the name reflecting both the new location and owner Jay Meduri’s family background—won’t open until late spring or early summer, thanks to a new foundation. Waiting, connections and lots of inspections, no doubt about it.

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 8: Bill Scout of San Jose looks on as Poor House Bistro restaurant in an empty space next to Henry’s High-Life in Little Italy on Saturday, January 8 in San Jose, Calif. 2022. (Shay Hammond/Bay Area Newsgroup)

That means it won’t be ready for Mardi Gras on March 1, but Meduri said operations will continue at the old location, where the courtyard structure still stands, music still plays and food is prepared from mobile kitchens. Is. Any Fat Tuesday celebration would be there, but there’s talk of having a horn band that takes people to Little Italy for some Venetian Carnevale fun, perhaps in Henry’s parking lot.

“We can use these good vibes right now in Little Italy,” said Little Italy president Joshua Davincenzi Melander, who wore a Venetian-style mask for the move. Does anyone know what Italian means for “good times to come?” How do you say “give”?

New Chapter for San Jose Galleries: There’s good news on the horizon for the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, which on January 17th will replace James G. Welcome to Leventhal. Hopefully, Leventhal can provide some stability for the downtown San Jose gallery, which had a tumultuous few years after the retirement of longtime executive director Cathy Kimball.

ICA’s Chairman of the Board, Gordon Yamate, said in a release that Leventhal’s arrival aligns perfectly with the current needs of the Sofa Gallery and the board is in sync with the vision, experience and strong desire to serve the diverse communities within San Jose. Looking for Executive Director. and the Bay Area. Leventhal, who has more than 30 years of experience in the field, was most recently interim director of the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, and previously director of development at the San Jose Museum of Art.

Grab the curtain: The current COVID-19 surge has forced a few more schedule changes for the South Bay stages. The Tabard Theater in downtown San Jose has pushed the opening of its one-woman show, “Kate: The Unexamined Life,” to January 21, which includes both in-person and livestreamed performances, until January 30. It has also been decided to bump the musical “Trumph of Love” from its February/March spot and replace it with a show that has yet to be announced, featuring a small cast without risk with a musical . stay updated here www.tabardtheatre.org,