Business profile/At Northside, dedicated staff is key to business success

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Employee Josh Gee (left) and John Imo, owner of Northside Bar & Grill, discuss specials for the day’s menu. Gee is a cook and has been employed at Northside for 8 years.

John Imo grew up in the food industry. When he was 8, he started working in the family business bagging groceries and serving customers at Imo’s Food Market.

At 21, he owned the Grafton Inn Restaurant and Grafton Hall Banquet Center. Later, John and his father became business partners, and together they operated the businesses until early 2011.

Today, John and his wife, Jane, own and operate Northside Bar & Grill, 3475 N. Monroe St. The business recently won several awards in the 2021 Best of Monroe County Community Choice Awards including Best Sports Bar and Bar for Craft Beer.

Formerly known as Willy’s Lounge when the Imos purchased the business in 2011, they changed the name to reflects its location – the northside of Monroe.

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