Pete and Barbara had their first date at Edmund’s Field on January 27, 1957. Pete was playing winter league for Julius and hit a grand slam to win the championship that night. It was a lucky evening. They have been married for 55 years.
Pete Mikacich played baseball in the Pacific Coast League from 1956-59 and then came home to marry Barbara (Cordano) Mikacich in 1959. Pete and his father Pete owned and operated a series of bars and cardrooms including Leon’s Club (2xx K St – now I-5), The Equipoise (7th and L – In the Marshall Hotel), The Gold Nugget Club (three locations including current Macy’s site), and Georgian’s (19th and J St).
Then in 1975, Peter and Barbara Mikacich bought the Limelight from Bob Jennings and Sonny Olson. At the time, it was a very run down bar with a Frozen yogurt stand in the room where the cafe is today. Pete opened the cardroom, and Barbara started to make sandwiches to feed the card players. Soon there was a line out the door for lunch. Barb made the soup and cooked breakfast, her sister Jeanette Caietti made specials and the desserts and ran the bar table service. There was no such thing as TOGOs in the days when Barbara and Jeanette built a counter in the cafe. Customers could watch Barbara make their sandwich or salad and grab soup, salad or a brownie before checking out.
Next, Grandpa Andy Cordano helped build the patio and planted the grape vines. In 1989, Barbara moved down the street to run Andiamo for 16 years, where she served thousands and created a landmark where folks had meetings, got married, had retirement parties and gathered for outrageous Easter and Mother’s Day Brunch Buffets. She also taught Sacramento to bake her favorite desserts with frequent TV appearances throughout the years.
When Andiamo closed, Grandma Barb’s kids and grandkids expected her to retire, but instead she headed back down the street to the Limelight and continues to work every day at lunch and handle the catering.
In January 2015, John Mikacich took the Limelight Bar baton from his parents. The Limelight is now sporting new plank floors, a refinished bar and plenty of HD TVs to enjoy your favorite sports.
And now, In The Limelight, we are happy to exhibit a great collection of historic baseball photos (thanks to Alan O’Connor and Joe McNamara) with captions telling the story of early Sacramento baseball in it’s glory days.
The family hopes to create a casual, comfortable hang out where neighbors are welcome in for brunch, lunch, dinner or a beer–in shorts or suits.
Come by, have a beer, relax, watch a game. You are welcome.