One of the best new restaurants of 2013 has been closed, temporarily, by fire.
"I closed the restaurant at 1 a.m., and at 2:30 a.m. I got a call from the police," says Jason Chan, co-owner of Juno Restaurant (2638 N. Lincoln Ave.). "I watched smoke billow from the upstairs windows from 3 until about 7 a.m."
The cause of the fire is unknown, but it apparently originated in one of the building's upstairs apartments. There was extensive damage to the front of the building, Chan says, but most of his restaurant was unaffected.
"If I took you through the back door, you wouldn't know a fire happened," he says. "The kitchen, sushi bar and dining room were literally untouched. The bar in the front part of the restaurant is really badly damaged, but it's nothing we won't get over."
Chan has no idea how long it will take before the restaurant can be repaired, but is optimistic.
"In the grand scheme of things, this life event is a minor thing," he says. "I'm just thankful that no one was injured, and we send our wholehearted wishes to the tenants that the disruption to their lives will be minimal."