Photo by Emma Janzen / American-Statesman. The upcoming Italian restaurant Juliet will offer Negroni cocktails, classic drinks that originated in Italy.

Plans for the upcoming Barton Springs Road Italian restaurant Juliet wouldn’t be complete without a beverage director, and now the eatery has one: Sommelier Robert Millican is coming on board.

Millican, co-founder of the often overlooked but rock-solid Firehouse Lounge, will be in charge of a boozy program that includes Negroni cocktails (which are currently the highlight at many local bars right now as they participate in Imbibe magazine’s Negroni Week) and more than 150 wines. Plus, according to a press release, Juliet “will also feature a rotating selection of higher-end wines using a special preservation system, giving our guests the ability to enjoy a glass of wine that is usually only available by the bottle.”

The Negronis won’t be the only drinks on the menu with an old world origin. “Guests can expect traditional Italian wines but also interesting European influences to cocktails,” Millican said in the press release.

He will join a team that includes executive chef Jacob Weaver, chef de cuisine Brandon Fuller and pastry chef Carly Rossmeissl. Juliet is slated to open in early summer at 1500 Barton Springs Rd.