Former Jo-Ja-Ma's: New name, same chicken

Sean Philip Cotter
  • Jo-Ja-Ma's eatery and bottle shop has reopened as First Majestic.
  • The food and beer selections are similar to what they were.

Yeah, the fried chicken's the same — don't worry.

That's what Guang Li said he's had to tell many of the people coming into his new establishment.

First Majestic at 220 Roosevelt Ave. in York City has taken over the old Jo-Ja-Ma's building.

A couple of months ago, the 32-year-old Li, of West Manchester Township, bought the York City eatery and bottle shop at 220 Roosevelt Ave. that for many years had been known as Jo-Ja-Ma's.

He closed it for remodeling for about a month, reopening June 14 with the moniker First Majestic.

Li said the remodeling was meant to spruce the place up and make it brighter.

But the chicken's the same, he said. Li said he'd been in Jo-Ja-Ma's a couple of times and liked the wings. All the chicken dishes were popular, so he figured it was worth keeping them.

Owner Guang Li makes a batch of fried shrimp at the First Majestic restaurant, Monday, June 20, 2016. John A. Pavoncello photo

"Everybody comes in here, says 'Same recipe?'" he said. "Yep, it is."

The back wall still holds a range of different beers for people to buy to drink either in the establishment or elsewhere. Li said it's much the same, though they added some six-packs of IPAs.

He said business has been quiet so far, but he's seeing more and more of Jo-Ja-Ma's regulars trickle back in. He said he bought the place because of its location.

"I think there's potential here," he said, owing to its prominent place on a relatively busy road.

The name Majestic might sound familiar to Yorkers because of the Majestic cafe that used to sit at the corner of West Market and Newberry streets in the city. The name of that establishment at 287 W. Market St. is now Li's Kitchen, as it's owned by Li's family. Li's father owned the establishment when it was the Majestic, and he continues to own it as Li's Kitchen.

The new First Majestic eatery opens at 11 a.m. every day and stays open until midnight except on Sundays, when it closes an hour earlier. The establishment's phone number is 843-4845.

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