About us

Our Story



In the winter of 2005 Chef Patrick Fechser and lifelong restaurateur Rhonda Entner shared a vision together.

 A vision that entailed simple yet amazing food, hospitable service and a wine & cocktail selection that would cater to all. Perhaps the most distinct piece of this vision was one of love for family, friends and food.   In May of 2006 the mother and son partnership 

opened Hay J's Bistro.

Beginning with the name being a combination of the chef's children's names, Haley and Jackson, it's clear to see family is what we're built on.  With little brother Jeramie Entner as Patrick's sous chef, the 2 focus deeply on a cuisine that is fresh, distinct and delicious.  Chances are while you are enjoying your meal Rhonda's daughter, Natasha Nixon  will be sure to pay you a visit.  The mother-daughter team work tirelessly to ensure the comfort and satisfaction of our 

incredible and loyal customers.

Chef Pat



Patrick came to the spokane area in 1990 as a teenager​ with his family..soon after he began his lifelong venture into the world of restaurants.  As a 15 year old, Pat started his first job washing dishes at Percy's Restaurant in Spokane Valley.  With a strong work ethic and a knack for culinary creativity, Patrick climbed the ladder quickly, taking over the kitchen 

in his early 20's...
​After nearly 15 years of calling Percy's home, Patrick and his mother, Rhonda opened Hay J's Bistro in May 2006.  Pounding into his employees the importance of consistency and perfection, Patrick has built a culinary environment suited to please all 

different cravings and desires.
​When he has time away from the restaurant Patrick can be found spending time with his children Haley and Jackson or on the nearest softball field 

or racquetball court.

Rhonda Entner



Always working countless hours​ and most of the time two jobs, Rhonda's dream of opening a restaurant with her son, Patrick, seemed obtainable yet just out of times reach.  One fateful night, she suffered an accident at work, broke her shoulder and had to spend the next 3 months away from work.  Little did she know this event is the one that triggered the process of her dream coming true.  With the time she needed she was finally able to align her stars and open Hay J's Bistro 5 months after her accident.
​With a lifetime of experience in restaurants, Rhonda has perfected the task of pleasing her guest, while finding time to manage and organize the entire business.  A linchpin in the cogs that keeps Hay J's rolling, she is usually found greeting guests, checking in on your lunch or dinner or one of many other daily tasks she performs.
​While not orchestrating the restaurant she is usually spending time with one of her grandchildren or getting some very much deserved rest and relaxation.

Our Staff


 With 20 plus years of experience in cooking, our chefs are excited to present their vision to you and all our guests. Our caring and committed staff will ensure 

you have a fantastic experience with us. 



 Our restaurant is available for private catering events: weddings, business lunches, dinners, birthdays, 

and more. We would love to discuss how to be a

part of your next event.  

Seasonal and Local


 We refuse to compromise on quality in our restaurant. That's why we source our fresh ingredients from local farmers from the Pacific Northwest.