JoJo Restaurant and Bar

1518 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

Types: American, Eclectic, Italian, Neighborhood favorite
Hours: Tuesday - Thursday: 5pm - 1am Friday - Saturday: 5pm - 2am, Sunday: 6pm - 2am
Days Closed: Monday
Phone: (202) 319-9350

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Confined by segregation to the Dunbar Hotel, musicians such as Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong found comfort in DC. Because of the strong Black community that lived around and owned businesses along the U Street Corridor, the neighborhood became an attraction for many renowned and rising musicians of that early 1900s. Similar to the later renaissance in Harlem, the richness of the Black Community in the area nurtured these artists and their then-new art form. Yet, before there was a “Harlem” there was “U Street.” And while Harlem eventually laid claim to Jazz, she was nurtured in her infancy on “U Street.” True to the Spirit of U Street, JoJo Restaurant and Bar works hard to provide the ambiance and sound that blends the nostalgia of the early 1920s with a contemporary flair. Flavorful cuisine and nightly live music set the tone, and provide the adventure seeker with a refreshing escape from the mundane and monotonous. At JoJo, we invite you to shut out the world and its cares.