San Jose’s Poor House Bistro being moved to Little Italy this weekend

The big day finally has arrived, and San Jose’s Poor House Bistro will be making its relatively short — and relatively slow — trek to its new home in Little Italy on Saturday morning.

This may be big news only to people who are fans of the New Orleans restaurant or like to watch big structures trucked from one spot to another, but I happen to fall into both categories. (It’s also notable for anyone who will be downtown near SAP Center on Saturday morning as there will be some traffic delays, so just sleep in if you can).

Poor House Bistro owner Jay Meduri, whose family lived in the home before he turned it into a restaurant and live music venue in 2005, says the Victorian-era home will begin its journey at 7 a.m. and probably reach its destination on West St. John St., next to Henry’s Hi-Life, around 9 a.m.

There will be a New Orleans band set up near Arena Green park by SAP Center, and the corner of West Santa Clara Street and Barack Obama Boulevard may be the best vantage point to see the house turn the corner from Montgomery Avenue. There won’t be an official parade leading the house to Little Italy, but Meduri says people can follow along on the sidewalk. Henry’s Hi-Life will have its patio open around 9 a.m. to serve drinks, and Poor House will have food available to purchase.

The move was necessary because the restaurant’s land was purchased by Google for its planned Downtown West mega campus. While Meduri originally envisioned staying put, that would have meant enduring nearly a decade of construction in the vicinity. The new spot actually will be the house’s third location, as Meduri’s grandparents bought the building when it was a sorority house on 11th Street near San Jose State and moved it to Autumn Street in the 1950s.

MOVING AROUND: Thanks to the COVID-19 omicron variant, it may have been a good idea for the theme of arts productions throughout the Bay Area to be “Schedule is Subject to Change.” We’re already seeing some moving dates, and there are surely more to come.

San Jose Stage Company has pushed the world premiere of “Strange Courtesies” by L. Peter Callender off this season’s schedule entirely to the 2022-23 lineup. Artistic Director Randall King explains that’s partly because the show features both local and international artists and fluctuating travel restrictions have been a challenge. The Stage still plans a public workshop of the play in July.

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