Bad news first (slightly better news second). Juniper 61 (6030 W. North Ave.) is indeed closing. Owners Cameryne Roberts and Sarah Jonas confirmed the news in a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page today.
But the cat was mostly out of the bag earlier this week, when word hit that Zak and Sarah Baker ‒ operating partners of the Pizza Man restaurants ‒ are in talks to open an Italian restaurant/pasta shop in the Juniper 61 space.
Roberts and Jonas, who also own LuLu Cafe & Cocktails in Bay View, sent out their statement to address both why they’re closing (which is not because the restaurant was unprofitable, they say) and to thank customers for their support since Juniper opened, which would be 10 years in late 2018. The owners cited “personal difficulties and losses” as the reason for shuttering Juniper. Their plans are to stay open until two weeks before the closing of the sale (at this point, it is expected to be late August).
As for the idea of running any greatest hits dishes from Juniper 61’s past before it closes, Roberts says they “have no plans but we’ll take any and all plans into consideration!” Here’s hoping…