If location, location, location is the key ingredient for success, then Jane Edwards and John Fletcher have a good shot at making it in their new restaurant business.
The sister-brother team has redone the space on the busy corner of Lincoln Street and West 14th Avenue, next to Rosauers, and plan to open Picabu Neighborhood Bistro on Monday. Edwards said they decided on the name because, “when you go up the (Monroe Street) hill, it’s hidden and it peeks out at you.”
Picabu, 901 W. 14th Ave., replaces Mi Casa Taqueria, which closed in January when Ken and Angelica Selvidge got out of the business after two years.
Fletcher, who has worked at area restaurants such as Catacombs Pub on Monroe and Brix in Coeur d’Alene, has created a menu that ranges from chorizo scrambled eggs with home fries for breakfast to shrimp Phad Thai for later in the day. Items range from $4 to $15.
Matt Seep, most recently of the Spokane Club and Sawtooth Grill, is the head chef.
The restaurant also has a mimosa menu, as well as beer and wine selections.
“I like to call it a funky pub food with an American bistro fare,” Fletcher said.
The remodeled interior – which shows no signs of Mi Casa’s Mexican influence – has clean, modern lines. The place seats 55, including eight at the countertop bar.
“Over the last three months we’ve tested several things off the menu, and people are saying to us, ‘Hurry up and open, hurry up and open!’ ” Edwards said.
Picabu’s hours will be Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Poet Tom Holmes will give a reading from his book “After Malaguena” at 8 p.m. April 10. An open mike will kick off the evening at 7. Fletcher, however, said he is fairly certain the restaurant will not have regular readings.
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