Chef Nicholas Yanes, who served as creative director at Uchi for two years, plans to open Italian restaurant Juniper in East Austin next year. Juniper will be located at 2400 E. Cesar Chavez St. The restaurant will serve cuisine from the Northern regions of Piedmont, Lombardi and Emilia Romagna. According to Juniper’s reps, the restaurant will serve “approachable, yet inventive classics with an artisan’s focus on premiere ingredients and technique.” Juniper will have a full bar serving classic cocktails, with an emphasis on gin, and an eclectic wine list. The restaurant is slated to open in spring 2015. The restaurant will be located in the shopping strip that’s also home to music store Switched On, across the street from vegetarian restaurant Counter Culture.