Mother’s Saloon has returned under new ownership and likely with a new name and other fine-tuning changes.
Tom North, previously a bartender, owns North Properties in San Diego. He has joined with local bartenders Sabrina Sutphin and Jason Micozzi from Lucy’s to reopen the pub at 2228 Bacon St.
Mother’s closed two months ago after a lease extension between previous owners Colin and Shelby Wickersheim, who’d owned the pub for a decade, fell through.
Lucy’s at 4906 Voltaire St. was sold the first of the year by Mary and Bobby Cooper to local industry investors Todd Brown, Sean Green, Patrick Gallahue, and Ryan Dhu. The Coopers have since retired in Las Vegas.
“My two partners and I have teamed up, we all trust each other and there’s a really good dynamic,” said North, who tended bar 10 years ago. He has been in real estate for 15 years with his own brokerage for the past five years.
“I heard through the grapevine [Wickersheim] was thinking about moving on, and we were happy to be given a chance to negotiate a lease with the owner of the building,” said North. “I think they had a good feeling that we were not a big corporation trying to scoop it up.”
Giving kudos to the Wickersheims’ stewardship, North noted, “Colin was very helpful and very supportive across-the-board. He built it up, and wanted to pass it on to someone who would make it work.”
North pointed out his new ownership group plans a few changes. But obviously, right now, they’re just thankful to be reopened with outdoor dining and take-out.
“We have a full kitchen and a 2,000-square-foot parking lot in the front that the City has allowed us to open with table service,” he said adding, “We decided we want to put our own touch on it.”
Saying the partners have been “back-and-forth” on a prospective new name, North added, “It’s got a great name already, but we’d like to do our own thing.”
Long-range, North characterized a rooftop deck and a permanent front patio as “potential things on the horizon.”
Meanwhile, said North, “We’ll probably give it a facelift, paint the outside, though we have no major plans (for a change) right now.”
Presently, the new ownership group is trying to keep things, like the menu, simple. “The taste of the food is phenomenal, and we’re adding an item here and there,” North said.
The 50-item menu of the restaurant-bar has been pared down significantly and currently features “big-seller chicken wings and cheeseburgers,” said North. “We’ve got ceviche, tacos, burritos, fish tacos, and carnitas. We’re doing breakfast as well now on weekends with quiche, eggs Benedict, and chilaquiles. We’ve also got some salads.”
Reopened about a month, North concluded, “We’re pretty happy to be allowed to do what we’re doing.”
In the 1960s, what became Mother’s hosted burlesque clubs such as the Red Garter and the G Lounge. The building later re-opened as a live music venue and nightclub called Dream Street, which operated for nearly 20 years.
Immediate past owners, the Wickersheims, both are involved in other businesses. Colin owns a graphics lab in the Midway warehouse district, GraphicLab Promotional Products, with a contract to sell military apparel at 3450 Kurtz St., Suite B. Shelby is a local salon hairstylist.