SIOUX CITY — Raspberry's Bistro and Fine Pastry opened Friday in its new location in the historic Badgerow Building in downtown Sioux City.

“We wanted to be closer to the heart of the city,” chef and co-owner Calvin Byrd said Friday during the mayor's weekly press conference, held at the bistro. “It's (the Badgerow) art deco on the outside, but completely modern in the inside,” he said of renovations to the 12-story building.

The restaurant is located on the main floor.

“We take classic cuisine and put a little twist on it for the modern era,” he stated.

His wife and co-owner, chef Paula Byrd, said prices have been dropped from their location in South Sioux City, and they have increased the menu selections for lunch and dinner.

Mayor Mike Hobart called the Byrds “culinary entrepreneurs,” predicting their move to the Badgerow will help spur a continued Renaissance in the central business district.

“They will tie Historic Fourth Street at one end to the new Fourth Street on the west end,” he said of reconstruction planned for Pearl Street. The Badgerow building is located at Fourth and Jackson streets.

Calvin Bryd said the couple are considering the eventual opening of a banquet room on an upper floor and sometime would like to open a culinary school.

Raspberry's is open Tuesdays-Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5 to 10 p.m. for dinner. On Friday and Saturday nights, the restaurant will be open until 11 p.m. for dinner and will begin offering Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning Nov. 21. Bar hours will be from 3:30 pm. until closing. Reservations are not required, but will be accepted starting Tuesday at (712) 252-2949. Parking is available across Jackson Street in the Heritage Parking Ramp and is free after 5 p.m. weekdays and throughout the weekends.

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