The History
of Poor House Bistro

Established Since 2005!

Consulato Anthony Meduri (Tony Meduri), Giuseppe and Giuseppe’s only son, and this wife Sally, lived in the house briefly in the late 50s, before buying a home in Campell where they raised their seven children. After inheriting the house, Tony rented it out through most of the 1960s and 1970s. When Tony passed away in 1983, Sally Meduri became the sole owner.

In 1993, Jay Meduri, the families’ youngest child, moved into the home. He lived there for seven years; his son Jackson was born in 1998 and lived there for the first two years of his life.

It was while working for the airlines, that Jay traveled many times to New Orleans. As a musician and player of the Blues music, who had been in several bands during the late 1980s and 1990s, Jay grew passionate about the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Jay discovered the variety of New Orleans cuisine and began his education in food and cooking. Here he learned and developed recipes that he would eventually serve at the Poor House Bistro. After spending five years working as a food server, cook, and manager in various restaurants, Jay eventually returned to school, graduating from San Jose State University in Hospitality Management, to begin the journey of opening his own restaurant; his mother Sally gave her approval to opening it in the family home.

Remodeling construction began in May 2000 and was completed in May 2005. Jay decided to call his restaurant “The Poor House Bistro,” named after the famous Poor Boy Sandwiches served in New Orleans. Today, PHB is a place where people can come together, enjoy great food and music, in a fun and funky environment, giving everyone a little taste of New Orleans in San Jose!

Let the Good Times Roll!

mother father and son standing next to each other
old lady with sun hat smiling
old lady standing with her two sons

Giuseppe, Tony & Giuseppa

Sally Meduri, Jay’s Beloved Mom

Giuseppa, Giuseppe and Tony


Great atmosphere great music planes flying over and best of all great food! Cool old craftsman house turned restaurant. Live music  just a block away from the Sap center.
Melissa F.