Controversial Seattle Restaurant announces permanent closure after 7 years of business

December 20, 2023 by No Comments

James Beard Award-winning chef Edouardo Jordan’s journey with JuneBaby, his Ravenia restaurant, will come to an end on December 31st. The closure marks a significant turning point for Jordan, who once helmed three acclaimed Seattle establishments and stood as a celebrated figure in the city’s culinary scene.

This trajectory shifted in 2021 when JuneBaby faced temporary closure following staff walkouts in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against Jordan. While Jordan denied the accusations, he offered an apology. After a seven-month hiatus, JuneBaby reopened in January 2022.

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Initially launched in 2017, JuneBaby quickly climbed to success. A glowing three-star review from New York Times critic Pete Wells cemented its reputation, and shortly after, it clinched the prestigious Best New Restaurant title at the James Beard Awards, a historic win for Jordan as the first Black chef to receive the honor in that category.

With JuneBaby’s closure, Jordan’s presence as a restaurateur in Seattle comes to an end. Until then, however, business continues as usual. He plans a festive chicken sandwich pop-up on Christmas Eve and a grand finale Southern buffet on New Year’s Eve.

While the reasons behind JuneBaby’s permanent closure remain unaddressed, the restaurant’s journey undoubtedly leaves a complex imprint on Seattle’s culinary landscape. It once soared as a symbol of innovation and achievement, only to face challenges that ultimately led to its final curtain call.


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