San Pedro Cafe has changes in store

San Pedro takes a week to remodel.
San Pedro takes a week to remodel.

After 11 years in business, the San Pedro Cafe in Hudson is getting an overhaul. Owners Pete Foster and Bob Wasmund, who also run the nearby Barker's Bar & Grill, are shutting down the Caribbean-themed restaurant this Sunday, May 15, at 3 p.m., and gutting the entire front of the house. The food and the concept will be the same--they're sparing the kitchen and the wood-fired oven--but the owners hope the changes will drive more bar, late-night, and solo dining traffic.

Foster gave the Hot Dish a few more details on what's in store:

New additions, Foster says, include an "Old World Caribbean" style back bar that he describes as being "constructed from 100 year-old reclaimed wormy oak with lots of detail such as plantation shutters, archways, etc." The bar will expand from seating 6 to 16 guests.

The entire space will be repainted in a bright palette, and the owners plan to redesign a larger thoroughfare through the center of the restaurant as well as add a row of elevated private booths. Fans of the original saltwater aquarium will be relieved to hear that it will remain--and have a few new creatures added.

Improvements will also be made to the restaurant's tropical-themed patio, Foster says, with new furnishings, plus plants, murals, and even a waterfall feature. He's planning to reopen the freshened-up restaurant at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 20.

Update: Here's a video showing the first day of renovation:

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