Portland Fried Chicken Cart Jojo will open its restaurant on September 15

A year and a half ago, Justin Hintze announced that his Southeast Powell food cart, Jojo, would open as a restaurant. Since opening in 2019, the fried chicken sandwich cart has developed significant buzz nationally, with nods from food writers like J. Kenji Lopez-Alt. Locals lined up for crispy-crusted fried chicken topped with coleslaw or pepper relish, double-fried potato wedges with sides of Alabama white sauce, and satisfying burgers topped with onions candies and sambal mayonnaise, all eaten at picnic tables at John’s Marketplace. pod.

The new digs at the Hintze restaurant, which will open on September 15, contrast sharply with the bright blue carts. The dining area is lined with a dark wood and burnt orange banquette, straight out of a 70s living room. Plants hang from a trellis structure above the tables, also draped above the bar where beverage director Ashelee Wells will shake cocktails and mix milkshakes. Disco balls and smoked glass pendant lights hang from the ceiling. “I wanted it to be closer to a real restaurant, in terms of service and decor,” Hintze explains. “It’s a much more luxurious vibe that people can expect.”

Jojo’s restaurant menu is less about changes and more about additions. The restaurant will offer vegan versions of every sandwich on the menu, featuring dairy-free buns from An Xuyen Bakery. Pastry chef Christina Hoover will prepare cheesecakes and cookies for the dessert menu, as well as two rotating plated desserts like vanilla bean pavlova with cola-macerated cherries and lemon leaf powder green.

At the bar, Wells will serve eight signature cocktails, two slushies and a few drinks playing on Utah’s elaborate soda culture. Cocktails are meant to be playful accompaniments to food; for example, the house margarita blends French liqueurs of orange and passion fruit, mango and the house pepper relish often spotted on Jojo’s spicy sandwiches. Every milkshake on the menu will have an alcoholic counterpart, made with an iconoclastic combination of oat milk and Tillamook ice cream. “It’s kind of wild because it’s a cocktail with ice cream, instead of being a milkshake first,” Hintze says. “It threw me into a loop because it’s so complex.”

Like Milkshakes, there will be adult and family versions of Jojo as he rolls: During the day, the restaurant will be an all-ages spot for fried chicken and sodas. After around 9pm, the restaurant will become 21+ for the rest of the evening. Once Jojo gets his bearings, the restaurant will be open until 2 or 3 in the morning. “We really want to be a late-night place,” says Hintze. “There are so few places for that since COVID.”

The original blue truck will close and eventually reopen in the same location. But those who want to experience Jojo 2.0 can visit the restaurant at 902 NW 13th Avenue on September 15. Take a look inside the restaurant below:

A bench inspired by the 70s at Jojo.
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Jojo dark wood paneling and plants.

Pendant lights hang among the pothos.
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A number of wooden two-tops are crammed into Jojo's dining room.

Jojo’s dining room.
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The two wooden tops and burnt orange banquettes in the dining room lead to the bar.

The open dining area leads to the bar, with disco balls hanging from the ceiling.
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A bartender shakes a glass behind Jojo's bar.

Joe’s bar.
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A cocktail at the Jojo bar.

Aged rum, French grapefruit and Italian cherry and grapefruit liqueurs, with a Fernet float.
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An orange cocktail with tropical fruit garnishes and a straw sits alongside a fried chicken sandwich at Jojo.

A fried chicken sandwich and a cocktail at Jojo’s.
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A hand drops a plate of pavlova topped with cherries onto a table at Jojo's.

Vanilla bean pavlova with cola macerated cherries, lime curd and lime leaf powder.
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