Juniper Set to Open New Breakfast and Brunch Location, Little Bird

Since 2013, Central West End-based restaurant Juniper has been serving up Southern cuisine for the lunch and dinner crowd looking to satiate their cravings for fried green tomatoes and shrimp and grits. Now, the restaurant will offer a Southern-style breakfast and brunch option via its newest venture, Little Bird, set to open this year.

The expansion comes after the 2017 announcement from Juniper owner John Perkins that he would be relocating the restaurant to 4101 Laclede to make room for more diners; Little Bird will take over Juniper’s old location at 360 North Boyle Ave. In a press release, Perkins said “I believe Little Bird will be a welcome addition not only to our brand and the guests familiar with it, but also the dining scene in St. Louis.”

Little Bird will be open from 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday. Focusing on locally sourced ingredients and encouraging family-style dining, the menu will include entrees such as a frittata made with collard greens and country ham, an angel biscuit cinnamon roll and cheddar grits made with a pork cutlet, red-eye demi and soffrito.

Of course, no brunch is complete without a cocktail or two, so Little Bird has added mimosas and Bloody Marys to its menu to complement its Southern fare. The kitchen will be lead by Juniper’s current executive chef, Glenister Wells, who joined the restaurant earlier this year after working at Pastaria in Clayton for three years.

Keeping with the pop-up feature that launched Perkins’ career in creating unique dining experiences years ago, he is inviting St. Louis out for a taste test of Little Bird’s soon-to-be menu. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 27, guests can visit Juniper for a Little Bird pop-up to preview the aforementioned items and specialty cocktails. Those who are interested in attending are encouraged to reserve a spot as soon as possible.

Top photo Chef and Owner John Perkins courtesy of Jason James.
Executive Chef Glenister Wells photo courtesy of Matt Seidel.

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