Friday, January 24, 2014

Juno Suffers Early Morning Fire & Is Out Of Commission For Now

Juno photo via ABC-7 Chicago.

The Lincoln Park apartment complex housing the popular Juno Sushi Restaurant on the first level suffered an early-morning fire, according to ABC-7 Chicago.

According to the report, the extra-alarm fire broke out early Friday morning and heavy smoke appeared on all three floors of the building. Thank goodness no injuries were reported, but residents are displaced for now. Just two weeks ago, the Chicago Tribune named Juno partner Jason Chan Restaurateur of the Year.

UPDATE: Here's an official Juno statement, which was posted on Facebook Friday evening:

"Juno’s owners and staff are still in shock over the fire that started above the restaurant in the early morning hours today. Thankfully, no one was injured. The front of the restaurant and the apartments in the building were badly damaged, but fortunately Juno’s kitchen, sushi bar and main dining room were not damaged by the fire. The Juno family sends our wholehearted wishes to the tenants in the building that the disruption to their lives by this event will be minimal.

"Due to our amazing success since Juno’s opening in June, evidenced by the many accolades from customers, colleagues and friends in Chicago’s restaurant community and press, we will be hard at work to get Juno open as quickly as possible. We will have to re-build the separate bar area at the front of the restaurant, but because of the as-yet unknown extent of the upstairs repairs by others, and water and ice damage to parts of Juno from firefighting efforts, we cannot immediately determine how long it will take us to open our doors again. We have already put the wheels in motion to get to the repairs as soon as possible, though, and will keep everyone posted on our progress on a regular basis."

Here's hoping that the restaurant and residents get back on their feet ASAP.

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