Juan has lived in Hall County for 23 years and said he loves to work in the restaurant and speak with his customers.
“I really do everything. I greet people, I answer the phone, I seat, I set tables, express concern, and I want to please everyone that comes in and out,” he said.
- Brad Abernathy: Jerk Chicken
- Ricky Lewallen: Chopped Sirloin Steak
- Rosemary Hancock: Oysters
- Ashley Bates: Crème brûlée
We want to thank Juan for spending time with us recently and telling us more about his life and love of Hall County.
Question: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
Answer: “I’ve always wanted to be a restaurant owner since the age of 16 when I worked as a dishwasher.”
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Hall County?
A: “Twenty-three years…by the way, today is Luna’s 23rd anniversary!”
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Hall County, and what do you love there?
A: “Luna’s! My favorite meal here is Rack of Lamb, it’s roasted and is very well seasoned… it’s a different flavor, it’s just a beautiful flavor like no other.”
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: “I would love to go back to Africa, to see wildlife the way it should be seen. The last time I went there was 12 or 13 years ago. I flew to Johannesburg and then I flew from there to Port Elizabeth, I stayed there for a week, and then I went to Cape Town. It’s a beautiful city.”
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: “Maybe ‘Gandhi’ — I like the simplicity.”
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: “Have integrity. You should be proud of your name because that’s who we are. You should also have a decent character and compassion.”
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: “Maybe to go to Scandinavia. People are different… I think It would interesting to go there, I think the lifestyle of the people there is much healthier.”
Q: What is your favorite music/ 3 bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: “John Lennon, Bob Seger, and Barry White.”
Q: Being a business owner, what do you like about the business environment of Hall County?
A: “Well, I definitely love the space that we have here, I like that’s it’s not crowded and I love the growth. It’s prosperous, there’s a lot of business opportunities.
Q: Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative: with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? Where in Hall County would you have lunch?
A: “I would say Micheal Jordan or Warren Buffet. I would like to meet Warren Buffet, he’s one of the richest men but he’s a very simple man. He still goes to the same barbershop and doesn’t care for fancy luxurious things. He’s definitely someone who I would want to meet.”
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about Hall County?
A: “It’s friendly. I think that we still have compassion here and it’s caring.”
Q: Where do you see yourself in five or 10 years?
A: “Hopefully retired, traveling, playing golf, and just enjoying life and not working.”
Q: What three words or phrases that come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: “Peace, tranquility, love.”
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: “I’m a hard worker and I am considerate. I would like to think that I’m very kind.”