Former Jo’s Diner to become “Concept Restaurant” in Hoboken

Quick little update here. The sign at the former Jo’s Diner at 219 Washington Street indicates that they’re becoming a “concept restaurant.”

Not sure what that means exactly, but I just hope they stick to the concept of “good food, good service and good prices.” Last thing we need is some kind of gimmick (like penis strombolis that the upcoming Tony Boloney’s will be doling out.)

Jo's Diner Concept Restaurant Hoboken NJ

Jo’s Diner Closes at 219 Washington St. in Hoboken

10/10/2013 Update:

Less than a year after opening – Jo’s Diner at 219 Washington Street has closed.

Residents we spoke with cite that the limited business hours are what may have shut them down. But other sources say that this family that ran this business had a lot of generational experience running other restaurant operations in the state, and this might have been just one of those “pet projects” that they put a lackluster effort into with the hopes that it would “run itself.” It’s also been said that one of the owners had some physical ailments which prevented the careful oversight of the operation, resulting in staff issues, etc.

When it comes to businesses like this – passion is a key ingredient in the “make or break” formula – in this case, there apparently wasn’t enough.

Since they own the building, it’s quite possible a new operator can step in quickly (turn key) to re-establish a different “diner.” We’ll see. Maybe the hours will be improved this time?

Jo's Diner Hoboken Closed

Jo’s Diner Hoboken now open at 219 Washington Street

2/4/2013:

This was a surprise! Jo’s Diner opened up at 219 Washington Street, taking the place of Maru Sushi.

There are a couple reasons why this place will survive. One, our diners in Hoboken are “so so,” and I believe this family-owned business will have a bit more soul than other places. Two, Paco who was the head chef over at Maxwell’s for 16 years – is in charge of running the kitchen here, so you know your meals are in great hands.

Jo’s Diner is also offering a “Mom’s Happy Hour” every day from 2pm to 4pm – where they have a selection of tea and dessert available for parents at a discounted price.

Welcome to Hoboken, Jo’s Diner!

Jo's Diner Hoboken, NJ - 219 Washington Street (formerly Maru Sushi)

Description: Diner
Address: 219 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone:201-706-8308
Online: TBD