Juniper (360 N. Boyle Avenue)
PHOTO BY JENNIFER SILVERBERG
Juniper first opened its doors on Boyle Avenue in 2013.
plans to say goodbye to its home in the Central West End — but neighborhood diners shouldn't start crying just yet.
The restaurant is moving just three blocks away.
Chef John Perkins, who first opened the Southern-inspired favorite in 2013, announced today he will be moving to 4101 Laclede, a five-story mixed-use building set to open next year at Laclede and Sarah Street. The project includes both condos and street-level retails.
Juniper will remain open in its current digs until the new place is ready, Perkins said in a press release. He vowed to close for only a few weeks — and promised benefits that will make the move worth it.
"With the new location, guests can expect familiar aesthetics, but with a brighter interior considering the development’s floor-to-ceiling windows," the press release notes. "With the relocation will also come the addition of lunch, Monday through Saturday, weekend brunch, as well as a late-night menu to be offered on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only."
At 3,200 square feet, the new space can handle 100 guests, with a bar area large enough to seat 32 — a big expansion from what's currently on offer. Two outdoor patios will offer seating for 32 additional guests, with a private dining room offering room for parties as big as 22 people.
"I believed it was in the best long-term interest of Juniper to relocate to a location with more visibility, enhanced seating, and greater population density,” says Perkins. “The new location at 4101 Laclede satisfied all these requirements and more. I am very fond of our current location because this is where it all started, but in order for Juniper to truly thrive and grow, a new location was vital.
"I am not only thrilled by this opportunity, but also excited to be a part of the restaurant community along N. Sarah St., and to be situated there with three other great restaurants: Scottish Arms, Retreat and The Block.”
And as for those vintage refrigerator doors behind the bar? Not to worry, Perkins says: They're coming too.
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