US-Based Smoking Joe’s Opens In Jakarta
One year ago, Smoking Joe’s, a hip bar-be-que joint in St. Louis, Missouri, caught the eye of Jakarta businessman Sammy Bulong, who has arranged to bring the franchise to Asia. The first Asian branch has recently opened, and Gugun Blues Shelter will be performing there on May 12, which, we think, is part of the official grand opening. In fact, there are some preliminary hints that Smoking Joe’s may become predominantly a blues venue. The new eatery/music venue is located in a 42-story office building in Mega Kuningan , near the Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott and several embassies.
The food has already received a rave review a couple days ago from the Jakarta online website Love Indonesia. Blues fans can follow Smoking Joe’s on Twitter. The joint’s website is currently just a place-holder, with no content.
We will follow this venue to see and understand its evolving live music policy.