Madrona's neighborhood blog this week reported "June Restaurant is rumored to be closed," a rumor confirmed by an employee at owner Vuong Loc's other restaurant, Portage.
Loc was not available for comment.
According to June's Facebook page, the restaurant spent the fall in flux. "What has happened to (bartender) Nick (Vrignaud)?," a customer asked in October. "It's not the same dining experience without him. His high level of professionalism and knowledge, as well as his wonderful personality added immeasurably to the pleasure of eating dinner at June."
"I let him go because he made himself obsolete," chef Caleb Dorman responded a month later. "Rocky is more than capable to do the job and more. We are in a better place now."
Loc and his wife Trina last year opened June in the space vacated by Cremant. Loc initially served as executive chef at the restaurant, which was designed to offer a scaled-back version of the seasonal French cuisine served at Portage. But the Seattle Times' Providence Cicero found fault with many of its dishes, describing the gnocchi as bitter; the braised lamb neck as salty and the sauteed geoduck as chewy in her two-star review.
Our Surly Gourmand disagreed, calling it "tasty as fuck." "Is June going to end up flawed somehow, like its predecessor at this location?," he wrote.