Ambitious Australian chef Shaun Hergatt is closing the doors of his Midtown restaurant Juni. The upscale restaurant in Hotel Chandler will be serving its last meal on Saturday, according to staff at the hotel. Juni opened in 2013 and was Hergatt's second try at the New York restaurant scene, after the now-shuttered SHO Shaun Hergatt in the Financial District. Hergatt opened Juni in partnership with hospitality group ESquared, though it's not clear what their relationship is now. Critic Adam Platt, who appreciated Hergatt's elaborate dishes, called Juni's food "willfully untrendy fine-dining," and the Michelin Guide awarded the restaurant one star last year.
It's still unclear what the hotel will do with the restaurant space. Hergatt did not immediately want to offer comment on the closing. Eater will update this story with more information as it becomes available.
Update: A spokeswoman with Triumph Hotels, the parent company of Hotel Chandler, confirms the Saturday closing and says that a full-service restaurant will be running in the Chandler Bar starting June 6, mostly to service hotel guests. Breakfast will be served in the hotel's atrium during the transition period as well. The new restaurant is a temporary solution as the hotel searches for another restaurant partner for the space, according to the spokeswoman.
Hotel Chandler also provided this statement from Hergatt: "I want to thank Triumph Hotels and all of the people involved for their support over the last four years during my time as Executive Chef at Juni. It has been incredibly rewarding to launch Juni and be a part of its success. I look forward to watching from afar as the hotel continues to flourish."