Owner: Juan Restrepo - Joanna Fajardo
Inspiration for this restaurant:
Happy Wine was born out of passion for wine, working for so many years in restaurants in New York City, starting as a dishwasher, moving up to waiter. I started to try out wine and I began to love it. After receiving opportunities to become sommelier, doing numerous workshops and working as a manager in New York.
I came down to Florida to work for Southern Wines, which I had the glory to work for the leading wine and spirits distributor in the U.S.A, and meeting a great client that turned into my best friend (Philippe Douriez), He allowed me to acquire his old best time store and we turned to Happy Wine and with the help of my wife(Joanna), my best partner in every way!!, we opened Happy Wine restaurant in Coconut Grove with the state of art kitchen we been making great food to accompany with over 1200 labels to choose from.
Learn More About Juan Carlos Restrepo
What is your earliest memory involving food or wine?
Making homemade raviolis with grandmother for holidays
If this is your first year participating in SOBEWFF, what are you most looking forward to?
Seeing which famous chefs are the life of the party
If you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?
I never leave home without my:
Positive attitude, wallet, keys, cell phone. Hopefully pants.