Poor Home Bistro’s good instances roll, together with its home, over to Little Italy

Poor House Bistros good times roll along with its house

Shifting a home is an amazing job in itself. However taking its festive environment together with it? Now that takes one thing particular.

But it surely occurred Saturday morning because the Victorian-era home that was Poor Home Bistro — bedecked in Mardi Gras beads and Italian flags — was towed up Montgomery Avenue, round SAP Middle and thru St. John Avenue to its new residence in Little Italy, wedged between Henry’s Hello-Life and the under-construction Italian museum.

It took practically four-hours, however a festive crowd moved proper together with the home, watching in amazement because the crew from Kelly Bros. Home Movers adjusted angles all through the transfer. The musicians of St. Gabriel’s Celestial Brass Band of Lafayette arrange on the nook of Barack Obama Boulevard and Santa Clara Avenue, taking part in New Orleans favorites for the gang that rapidly swelled from just a few dozen to a few hundred when the music began — the signal of any good social gathering. The band traveled the remainder of the way in which with the home, which moved in matches and begins alongside slim St. John Avenue, the place overhanging tree branches and energy traces created an city impediment course.

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 8: The Poor Home Bistro strikes down slowly down West Saint John Avenue towards its new location within the Little Italy part of San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. (Karl Mondon/Bay Space Information Group) 

PG&E crews had been there to maneuver or reasonably minimize (and later reattach) traces, and Benjamin Smith from Moki Smith Tree Specialists offered some mesmerizing leisure. He shimmied up timber with ropes and a chainsaw, rigorously reducing obstructing branches and ensuring the home, lined with a blue tarp, would clear different limbs. The viewers cheered as he moved round from limb to limb like he was a Cirque du Soleil performer in a hardhat.

Whereas the constructing inched over plywood-covered gravel to its new residence, mimosas and bloody marys had been flowing subsequent door within the parking lot-turned-patio of Henry’s Hello-Life, the place a bar was arrange and Poor Home Bistro was promoting cajun scrambled eggs with Andouille sausage, beignets and chicory espresso.

Now that it’s principally in place, the Famiglia Meduri Poor Home Bistro — the Italian tweak to the identify displays each the brand new location and proprietor Jay Meduri’s household background — received’t be open till late spring or early summer season, ready for a brand new basis, connections and plenty of inspections, little doubt.

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 8: Invoice Scout, of San Jose, watches because the Poor Home Bistro restaurant is moved to a vacant lot subsequent to Henry’s Hello-Life in Little Italy in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday Jan. 8, 2022. (Shae Hammond/Bay Space Information Group) 

Meaning it received’t be prepared for Mardi Gras on March 1, however Meduri mentioned operations will proceed on the previous location, the place the patio construction nonetheless stands, music nonetheless performs and meals is ready from a cell kitchen. Any Fats Tuesday festivities will occur there, however there’s speak of getting a horn band lead individuals to Little Italy for some Venetian Carnevale enjoyable, perhaps once more within the Henry’s Parking zone.

“We may use these good vibes in Little Italy proper now,” mentioned Little Italy President Joshua DeVincenzi Melander, who wore a Venetian-style masks to the transfer. Does anybody know the way to say “Let the nice instances roll” in Italian?

NEW CHAPTER FOR SAN JOSE GALLERY: There’s excellent news on the horizon for the San Jose Institute of Up to date Artwork, which is able to welcome James G. Leventhal as its new government director on Jan. 17. Hopefully, Leventhal can offered some stability for the downtown San Jose gallery, which had a tumultuous couple of years following the retirement of longtime government director Cathy Kimball.

Gordon Yamate, president of the ICA’s board, mentioned in a launch that Leventhal’s arrival traces up completely with the SoFA gallery’s present wants and the board was on the lookout for an government director with imaginative and prescient, expertise and a robust need to serve the varied communities inside San Jose and the Bay Space. Leventhal, who has greater than 30 years expertise within the discipline, was most lately the interim director of the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, and beforehand the director of growth for the San Jose Museum of Artwork.

HOLD THE CURTAIN: The present COVID-19 surge has compelled some additional schedule adjustments for South Bay phases. Tabard Theatre in downtown San Jose has pushed the opening of its one-woman present, “Kate: The Unexamined Life,” to Jan. 21, with each in-person and livestream performances by means of Jan. 30. It’s additionally determined to bump the musical “Triumph of Love” from its February/March spot and can exchange it with a present, nonetheless to be introduced, that has a smaller solid with out the dangers that accompany a musical. Keep up to date at

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