Jo Shmo's

  • 724 Massachusetts Lawrence, KS 66044
  • 785-856-5667
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  • NOTE: This establishment is now closed. This entry remains for historical records.


How many awesome things can you think of that start with 'B'? We can think of quite a few-and among the highest on our list are Burgers, Beer, and Bocce, which just so happens to be the tag line for the latest in downtown Lawrence entrepreneurship. We're pretty sure this place is destined for greatest.

Who doesn't like beer? And burgers?? In a top-shelf environment (the former home to Thai House, and Prairie Fire before that), too.

Which just leaves bocce. The internationally beloved game has been gaining a foothold in the Midwest, usually played all-terrain-style at BBQs or on the Clinton Lake beach. Jo Shmo's just put a superdome over the sport in Lawrence.

Past events


Mike Wasikowski 8 years, 1 month ago on Jo Shmo's

My wife and I ate here on a Friday night. The decor was modern and very nice. Unfortunately, that was the best part of dinner. Our server was very curt and other than taking our orders, she only talked to us once at the very end of the meal to ask if it was fine. The food was overall not very good. The salsa and chips were sweet at first, but as we kept eating, the sweetness disappeared and left an aftertaste heavy on onions. The burger was okay, but overpriced for what it was. The fish and chips were not good; there was more breading on the fish than actual fish, and the tartar sauce was a pale green color and presented directly on the plate so it could soak all of my food. And every single plate was garnished with a ton of minced parsley. We do not plan to eat at this restaurant again.

KuDad22 8 years, 9 months ago on Jo Shmo's

Went to the restaurant for the first time with my family after a friend recommended me to give it a try. I didn't know what to expect knowing it had been more of a college bar in the past, but was pleasantly surprised.

My kids received grapes and crayons to keep them occupied from the start. The staff was friendly and playful with my kids, and my burger was excellent. Overall a great experience.

krisknow 8 years, 9 months ago on Jo Shmo's

We revisted this restaurant a few weeks ago after a new chef had taken over and the menu had been greatly expanded. Some of the main dining seating had been rearranged so that booth seats are no longer directly facing the TVs on each wall, which was puzzling. Even more odd was that the tables were covered with cheap paper so patrons could draw with crayons. This may have been an attempt to conceal the fact that the booth tables were really two half-size tables pushed together. But the paper felt real tacky and was the most unwelcome of the changes. As for the food, I ordered chicken strips, which were among the best I have had. Problem is, they were smallish and there were only two of them. And if I recall correctly, they were about $9. The service was far better than the previous time we had been there; in fact, the server was almost too pushy/needy, as the place was nearly empty and they were really trying to make a good impression. Overall, based on the quality of those chicken strips, I'd say it the menu has promise, but they really need to consider modestly larger portions, and they need to loose that cheap paper on the tables.

awl 10 years, 1 month ago on Jo Shmo's

The burgers are good, nothing special. The staff is kind of odd, but nice. I would go back again I guess.

captainmatt03 10 years, 3 months ago on Jo Shmo's

Beautiful building, great staff. If you're looking for something a little bit different than the run of the mill sports bar, then this is the spot. Great spot for the post college or senior year crowd who is looking for a home.

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