Historic Java Joe's Coffee House To Reopen In San Diego's Old Town Neighborhood

February 1, 2017

Java Joe's has been a San Diego staple for 25 years. Known as a launchpad for the musical careers of such artists as Jason Mraz and Jewel, Java Joe's has operated out of a half dozen location over its more than two decades in America's Finest City. Most recently on Adams Avenue in Normal Heights, the famed coffee-house-turned-music-venue will reopen at its new home at 2611 Congress Street in Old Town this week.

Owner Joseph Fammini first opened his namesake Java Joe's in Poway in 1991. He then moved around a bit, heading to Ocean Beach in 1994, then to a new location in OB in 2000, then trekked east to the college area near San Diego State University for a two year stint. In 2008, after a 3 year hiatus, the coffee shop reopened in Mission Valley's Handlery Hotel, then moved to Hillcrest, then did an installment at a downtown hotel for a short period, then back to OB in 2012. Java Joe's next reopened on Adams Avenue in Normal Heights in 2014 before closing this past November 2016.

Java Joe's has helped launch the careers of such musicians as Jewel, Jason Mraz, Steve Poltz, Lisa Sanders, Dave Howard and Gregory Page. Jewel actually started as a waitress at the coffee shop in the '90s. Mraz recorded two live albums at the second OB location in the early-2000s and has returned many times to perform over the years.

The new Java Joe's location in Old Town will be able to house nearly 100 attendees and will have an outdoor patio deck as well as a beer and wine license, pending approval. Java Joe's will soft open on February 3 at 8pm and feature a lineup of twenty live performers including Berkley Hart, Veronica May, Shawn Rohlf and many more.

For more information and to make reservations, call 619.274.9989 or visit javajoessd.com.