It’s the end of an era: iconic pillar of Stefan Ackerie‘s rainbow kingdom, Jo-Jo’s Restaurant in Queen Street Mall, is closing its doors on March 5.
Jo-Jo’s has been an institution since Ackerie opened the place in 1980 as a cafe serving clients of his burgeoning hairdressing empire. It apparently sported the very first outdoor dining balcony in Brisbane, and its rainbow presence has been a comforting cornerstone for budget-conscious families and my very own mum for nearly forty years.
Ackerie told the Brisbane Times that it had been a hard decision to close the Queen Street eatery:
“It has been a privilege to provide Brisbane with great food and an inviting meeting and eating place for nearly four decades. Thank you to every single person who dined and celebrated at Jo-Jo’s over the years. I’m sure it holds many great memories for so many people.”
But never fear, lovers of too-large portions and unusual, food-court-esque ambience: as Ackerie himself says, “after the rain there is always a rainbow.” Jo-Jo’s will be reopening at the Stefan headquarters (yep, the giant rainbow
dick tower) in West End at the end of May.
Source: Brisbane Times.