Is There a New Sandwich Shop Coming to Newtonville?

You ask, Patch answers.

If you've been down Crafts Street in Newtonville recently, you may have noticed a new sign on the building at #67, the former Jo Jo's Kitchen. 

The Jo Jo's sign is gone and the new sign reads "Po Boy" in large, white and orange letters.

One of our readers noticed the sign and asked Newton Patch what it was all about. We thought it was a perfect question for You Ask, Patch Answers.

Although Po Boy does not appear to be open yet, the owner of the new spot presented plans earlier this year for it to be a breakfast and lunch joint, similar to the Jo Jo's kitchen that previously filled the space. 

Owner Eric Cormier explained his plans to the Newton Board of License Commissioners at a meeting in February 2012, where Newton Patch was in attendance. 

During that meeting, Cormier said he does not plan to serve dinner at the eatery. Instead, the take-out only spot would be open from 5 a.m. - 4 p.m.

However, Cormier applied for a common victualler license that allows him to be open from 5 a.m. - 8 p.m., seven days a week "just in case" the extra hours are needed down the line. 

Cormier, who grew up in Newton, told the board he previously owned an eatery in Everett, but has since closed that location.

As of that February meeting, Cormier still needed to go through health and fire inspections. The Board of License Commissioners granted him a provisional license on the condition that the inspections go through.

According to city records, a building permit to install a new kitchen hood was issued for the Po Boy location on June 29, 2012.

A few food blogs have also started discussing the new eatery, which has sparked interest on Boston Restaurant Talk and Chowhoud.

The Po Boy's predecessor, Jo Jo's, opened its doors in the spring of 2010 and served breakfast and lunch. It closed just a year later, according to its Facebook page.

Do you know any more about the new Po Boy eatery in Newtonville? Leave a comment below!


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