New York, NY –Jado Sushi & Wine Bar (“Jado”), one of the latest restaurants to open on Harlem’s Restaurant Row and recipient of a $200,000 loan from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corp.’s (UMEZ) Business Resources & Investment Services Center (BRISC) opened on Wednesday, July 25, 2012. Jado is located on Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 114th and 115th Street.

     Motonobu Otsu, the restaurant’s owner, describes Jado as “a blend of sushi bar and wine bar that serves variety of sushi with wines to match the food.  The feeling of the restaurant is modern and polished, yet warm and welcoming with an innovative use of lighting that adds a drama to the interior. The overall design scheme is contemporary with hints of urban sexiness and Japanese minimalism.”  Mr. Otsu is a Harlem resident and also the owner of the Winery, a wine store located near the corner of 116th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

     “Jado is one of nine businesses along Frederick Douglass Boulevard that has been funded by UMEZ and BRISC over the years” said Hope Knight, Executive Director of BRISC.  “The addition of Jado Sushi & Wine Bar both complements and maintains the diversity and sophistication of eateries on what has come to be known as Harlem’s Restaurant Row.”


     BRISC offers start-up and/or expansion loans to qualified businesses in Upper Manhattan.  Loans are from $50,000 to $250,000 in size, with a competitive fixed rate, a maximum seven year maturity and there isn’t a job creation requirement.  Additionally, BRISC provides technical assistance to ensure the sustainability, profitability and growth of small businesses in the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone.


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