Lulu's sister, Juniper 61, opens in Tosa
Sarah Jonas and Cameryne Roberts, whose Lulu restaurant and bar was a catalyst for Bay View's renaissance have opened their new restaurant, Juniper 61, in the former Shiraz space at 6030 W. North Ave. in Wauwatosa.
In October, Jonas -- a graduate of MATC's culinary arts and restaurant management programs -- and Culinary Institute of America alum Roberts told OnMilwaukee.com's Amy Schubert that they hope to make Juniper 61 a neighborhood restaurant that will reflect its area as well as Lulu reflects Bay View.
Jonas and Roberts have said that Juniper 61 will not have the same menu as Lulu's and will offer an expanded selection of appetizers and main courses, which will have a contemporary twist.
For someone who relied heavily on Lulu in the pre-explosion Bay View days and now lives on Milwaukee's West Side -- in walking distance from Juniper 61 during warmer months -- this is very welcome news.
On a recent visit to Juniper 61, I attempted to order a drink during happy hour. After waiting patiently for the bartender to take my order, I was ultimately told it was now 6:00 and happy hour was over! When I nicely told her that I had been waiting for several minutes while she chatted with another patron, she became very nasty and argued with me about the length of time I was waiting. Unbelievable! And she said she was the manager, too! I will not return. It's not the money but the terrible attitude of the bartender that bothered me. she clearly did not value customer service. I will not return. It was the attitude of the bartender (who said she was also the manager) that bothered me, not the saving of a dollar.
Wife and I dined at Juniper 61 for the second time last night. First experience was at the bar and had some interesting snacks. Last night we grabbed a table before a local wine tasting event. Service was okay as we waited for at least 5 minutes for someone to greet us at the table and the host had to signal the wait staff that we were waiting. We enjoyed two great sandwiches, Orange-Basil Tuna and Pork Tora special as well as the asian slaw with peanuts. Very nice wine list but what's prompting me to right this review was the wine glasses used for the $9.50 selection I made. It was slightly better than the tulip glass you sometimes are still served in a Applebees with the lip around the top. If you're going to charge these prices please provide the proper glassware, too much to ask??? I will return but probalby enjoy a beer instead.
We had an enjoyable dinner at the 61 last week. After talking to our waitress, it sounds like they are re-working the menu to incorporate more dishes from Lulu's. She said if there is anything in particular you want to see on the menu (like the east-indian chicken pita in my case) you should email the owners. Also, I tried rhubarb pie for the first time at 61 and it was wonderful! I would recommend it to anyone who likes a little sour treat every once in a while.
Went to Juniper on Friday night. We were quoted a 40 minute wait and it was probably just over that... they were packed! Greek combo plate appitizer was solid. Burger was very good. Barcelona Chicken sandwich was a bit bland. Sides of chips and Asian slaw (same as Lulus) were very good. Service was a bit slow, but very friendly. I'd give it a B on this visit... and we'll be back to check out some of the other interesting looking menu items, though probably at a slower time than Friday night.
Congrats ladies! Everyone is happy to hear you have expanded!
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