Jamal Sahri was born in Casablanca in 1963, the youngest son in a family of restaurateurs. After studying art at the Casablanca School of Art, Jamal moved to the United States in 1984 and took up residency in Washington DC. While working as a waiter to support his artistic endeavors, Jamal dreamt of ways to combine his two passions, art and restaurants.
In 1993 Jamal made his dream a reality and Utopia was born. An inviting local spot where artists and art patrons could come together in the spirit creativity, enjoy fabulous food, spirited conversation, lively music and of course, art.
Jamal’s original pieces have now adorned the walls of Utopia for over 12 years setting the tone for the space. While many friends and patrons have tried to obtain his art for their personal collections, Jamal could not be convinced to part with them.
In this first time exhibition Details in Art Jamal is featuring both his time honored classics and his latest series Colors of Morocco. A highly sensual painter you can see the intense inspiration of Matisse and Picasso in Jamal’s work. Jamal views his art as ‘an expression of self’ and his passion for art is unquestionable in these striking pieces.
Jamal Sahri Opened Utopia in 1990, establishing its place as a cornerstone in the U-Street community.
Offering an ideal local for location for folks to gather, share ideas, music, food, and art. The restaurant has served as a venue for chefs, artists, musicians, community groups to express, relax, share and enjoy the things that make life utopian.
15 years later Utopia stays true to its ideals, still offering the clients original favorite dishes and featuring the original art over the bar, while keeping the movement fresh with exciting new food specials, great live music, and expanded dining room and the back lounge. All designed to ensure your time in utopia is idyllic.
1418 U Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
Utopia can meet your space and catering needs for meetings, private parties, wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners.
For more information, please contact the manager at 202.483-7669 to arrange time to see the space at 1418 U Street N.W. Washington D.C. 20009 and discuss your function needs.
18.5% gratuity added to parties of five (5) or more.