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JoJo's Italian restaurant opens Sept. 21 in West Fargo

The eatery serves up savory specialties such as Sicilian pizzas, ribs, chicken thighs, and family-style, shareable polenta boards.

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JoJo's Italian restaurant is seen Friday, Aug. 13, 2021, at 915 19th Ave. E., West Fargo. The restaurant opens Sept. 21. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
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WEST FARGO - JoJo’s is finally a go go for West Fargo.

The “refined casual” Italian eatery opens Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 915 19th Ave. E., in what had once been the Tru Blu Social Club, the ownership group Eclectic Culinary Concepts announced Thursday, Sept. 16.

Chef and co-owner Tyge Nelson promises scratch-made classic dishes.

“We wanted to re-create dishes with the nuance and vibrancy that made it so crave-able in the first place. We’re stressing technique and quality ingredients to elevate the flavors – and our guests’ overall dining experience,” Nelson said in a news release.

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Chicken thighs are seen Friday, Aug. 13, 2021, at JoJo's Italian restaurant, 915 19th Ave. E., West Fargo. The restaurant is opening Sept. 21. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Anticipated stars of the menu are Sicilian-style pizzas, along with ribs and chicken thighs, both of which are house-cured and smoked.

The menu also includes polenta boards: family-style, shareable dishes feature creamy, parmesan-rich polenta topped with toppings such as sausage and peppers, beef ribs, pork, meatballs and roasted mushrooms.

In addition, there is a JoJo’s To Go Go marketplace, offering take-out and take-and-bake items. The marketplace has its own entrance and dedicated parking area to make it convenient to pick up special-order pizzas or pastas, and grab-and-go items.

Like other businesses in the Fargo-Moorhead area, the opening was delayed a bit, thanks to shipping delays for items such as furniture and hiring difficulties during the ongoing pandemic.

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The restaurant will initially be open Tuesday through Saturday, although the owners anticipate JoJo’s will expand to seven days a week before the holiday season arrives.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Happy hour will be 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

JoJo's can accommodate about 100 people in the dining room and about 100 in the bar area.

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The bar is seen Friday, Aug. 13, 2021, at JoJo's Italian restaurant, 915 19th Ave. E., West Fargo. The restaurant opens Sept. 21. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

The interior was redesigned by Tracy Anderson of Canvas & Trowel design studios, though the eatery retains the massive horseshoe bar from the former Tru Blu.

The owners plan to refinish the restaurant’s lower level for private events, with completion of that expected sometime in 2022.

Tru Blu first opened in August 2017, but had been closed since mid-March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tru Blu and Fargo’s Lucky’s 13 Pub were among a group of restaurants acquired by Twin Cities-based Eclectic Culinary Concepts. The purchase was announced in late January of this year. Financial details of the transaction were not released.

The acquisition included Lucky’s 13 Pub locations in Bloomington, Burnsville, Mendota, Plymouth, and Roseville, Minn., Bismarck, N.D., and the Fargo restaurant at 4301 17th Ave. S.; a former Rudy’s Redeye Grill in Rosemount, Minn.; Yankee Tavern in Eagan, Minn.; Tru Blu; and Me & Julio in Hastings, Minn.

For a menu, directions and other information, go online to jojositalian.com.

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at hschmidt@forumcomm.com, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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