A restaurateur with deep local roots is bringing his newest creation home to Silver Spring.
Miskiri, raised in Takoma Park and a Montgomery Blair High School graduate, has 10 years of experience in the restaurant business, spending seven years working in family restaurants and running a catering service. He opened Po Boy Jim Bar & Grill, his first brick-and-mortar operation, on H Street NE in Washington.
“I went from being a chef to being a restaurateur, on to being the founder of my own hospitality group,” he said.
“Miss Toya’s is the sister restaurant to my full-service restaurant, Creole on 14th [in Washington], the reason behind it being to expand on Creole and Cajun food,” Miskiri added. “The diversity and the body of language that that cuisine presents is so large that I knew that I could something similar, but totally different at the same time.”
The menu will feature classics including jambalaya, gumbos and beignets, he said, with a seafood program featuring a raw oyster bar, stone crabs, shrimp cocktails and other items on ice.
He’ll also include items with a twist, such as jambalaya fettucine pastas and a variety of other offerings from his portfolio of dishes.
The plans for the restaurant, which will include changes to the interior aesthetics, will be completed in October and he will then begin construction.
While supply deliveries can be disrupted and delayed due to the pandemic, Miskiri is looking to open in the first quarter of 2022.
“This might be my most exciting project,” he said. “I say that a lot, but seeing that I’m actually coming back home where I grew up. . .I know everything about downtown Silver Spring.
“I’m just really excited to bring that Cajun-Creole flair and twist to the neighborhood.”
“As a kid, I would never think I’d be able to have a restaurant down here,” Miskiri added. “It’s amazing.”
Graphic courtesy Miskiri Hospitality Group