Juniper Coffee, a modern Vietnamese cafe and bakery in Ron hsu, Aaron phillips, and Carl Van Tyle Gilbert, will open for breakfast and dinner on Wednesday 15 December in the Westside Village at 2260 Marietta Blvd NW, Suite 100, according to a press release Friday.
Hsu and Phillips are chef-partners behind Lazy Betty at Candler Park, and Van Tyle Gilbert is the restaurant’s general manager and beverage manager.
The casual restaurant will serve breakfast and dinner when it opens, with lunch to come, and feature Vietnamese specialties, such as pho, noodle salad (bún), banh mis, summer rolls and homemade sausages, as well as scratch-off pastries and coconut crushed ice – razor-sharp crushed ice infused with coconut and topped with mochi, fresh strawberries and mango, plus the option add a scoop of pineapple ice cream.
Timothy Rufino, a former senior line cook at Lazy Betty, will lead the kitchen as executive chef. See the full menu here.
Gilbert will run a full beverage program, with a focus on cocktails incorporating Vietnamese flavors and ingredients, wines from around the world, sake, lunar hard seltzer, makgeolli, soju, sochu, baiju and good beer from Asia. A non-alcoholic beverage menu will offer guests natural, artisanal sodas like Kumquat and Yuzu soda with lime, light agave, Thai basil, and black pepper, and Acerola soda with black tea, lemon, black agave, and lavender, as well as a full-bodied coffee, espresso, and a selection of teas to soak up all day.
From the local architecture and interior design agency PRAXIS3, the restaurant’s design will include modern versions of traditional forms with tiered ceiling elements reminiscent of the terraced Vietnamese countryside and a patio structure that will incorporate interpretations of centuries-old details of historic Vietnamese homes. Two patio spaces will include seating as well as an exterior window for taking out pastries, coffee, take-out and drinks to enjoy on the go or around the property.
Named after Hsu’s niece, Juniper Cafe is also a nod to the popular street of Midtown Atlanta.
A native of Atlanta, Ron grew up working in his family’s Chinese restaurants. He was formally trained in French technique during his culinary studies and was executive chef at Colonial, the Franco-Vietnamese restaurant in New York City, in addition to working as the creative director of Chef Eric Ripert’s Michelin-starred Bernardin, where he met Phillips. Phillips has also spent time in the kitchen at Bouley in New York, Jean-Georges’ The Mark restaurant and the Four Seasons hotel and Atlas restaurant in Atlanta.
With the opening of the Juniper Cafe, Phillips is now the Executive Chef of Lazy Betty and the Business Owner of the Juniper Cafe; Hsu is the culinary director of the two restaurants and Gilbert is the beverage director of the two concepts. The same team will also be opening Humble Pie, a family-friendly neighborhood restaurant featuring chef-led American fare, at The Interlock (1115 Howell Mill Rd, Suite P100) in spring 2022.