Juno, an Open-Air Mexican Restaurant by the Morgan’s Pier Crew, Arrives in Spring Garden
FCM Hospitality's new Mexican concept in the Spring Arts district comes complete with a socially distanced patio for summertime outdoor dining.
It’s extraordinary to see any business open during a pandemic. The fact that Avram Hornik and his FCM Hospitality team (Morgan’s Pier, Harper’s Garden, Rosy’s Taco Bar) is launching a bunch of pop-up beer gardens around the city and an entirely new restaurant on Spring Garden Street is a borderline miracle.
Juno is the name. It’s a Mexican-American restaurant in the old Llama Tooth location on Spring Garden Street, directly across the street from Union Transfer. Hornik bought the property a couple years ago, long before the pandemic, and took his time coming up with the concept. The pandemic, of course, would have killed it entirely if it wasn’t for outdoor dining becoming a viable option for restaurant owners in the city. Juno, in particular has a nice, open, socially-distanced patio space.
It’s got big Morgan’s Pier vibes (lots of wood, colorful furniture, string lights), with plenty of Instagram-friendly greenery. According to the press release, diners shouldn’t “miss the six-foot-long custom LED sign that reads ‘smile like you mean it.’ The sign was made six feet long to pay a nod to social distancing — and for now, customers should smile from their table, or ‘smize’ as they enter as they wear their mask.” You heard it here first, folks!
Food and drinks will be pretty standard, as far as Mexican-American food in this city goes. Chef Miguel Angel Hernandez Mota (who hails from Veracruz) put together a simple menu of tacos, ceviches and nachos (see below), and drinks will, of course, include frozen margaritas.
Juno is located at 1033 Spring Garden Street. Take a peek at the food menu and space below, and then see it for yourself in person starting Friday at 4 p.m.