Born in the Philippines and raised in Texas, June joined Houston-based, freshly formed Goodnight Hospitality as a partner in 2019 and opened two new concepts the same year: Montrose Cheese & Wine and Rosie Cannonball, a 2020 James Beard Award semifinalist for Outstanding Wine Program. Ever nimble and fighting for survival in the landscape of independently owned restaurants amidst a global pandemic, her company opened three seasonal pop-ups, evolved and added online sales, webinars, and catering in the last year. In Spring 2021, Goodnight Hospitality opened their fine dining concept, MARCH, which was named one of Esquire’s Best New Restaurants in America.
Previously, June was VP of Operations for McGuire Moorman Hospitality, based in Austin, TX, and headed operations for 11 concepts. She remains a partner in June’s All Day, her namesake restaurant that was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s Restaurants of the Year in 2017. In her career June has opened over a dozen hospitality concepts with numerous James Beard Award winners and nominees and Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs.
She is known as a leader in the beverage community and her accolades include: Wine Enthusiast’s Sommelier of the Year 2018; Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 2016; Key Panelist at Women in Wine Leadership Symposium and numerous Food & Wine festivals across the nation; Food & Wine magazine’s Sommelier of the Year 2014 (she is the only person to have received both the Restaurants of the Year & Sommelier of the Year accolades in Food & Wine history), Star Chef’s Rising Star Sommelier 2012, Wine & Spirits Best New Sommelier 2011, TEXSOM Best Sommelier Winner 2009 and is one of 29 women in the Americas to earn the Master Sommelier credential. June is a board member of the Southern Smoke Foundation, which provides crisis relief to those in the food and beverage industry.
An avid sparkling wine drinker and determined to find cause for celebration in day to day life, in 2017 she launched her private label wine, June’s Brut Rosé, with Austrian winemaker Markus Huber.
Outside of her passion for restaurant operations and championing diversity and inclusion in the hospitality industry, June loves doing crossword puzzles with her husband, obsessing over her dog, admiring art she can’t afford, avoiding regular exercise, and laughing really heartily with her friends.
Awards & Press
- James Beard Award