Miguel’s Poké Island to open Thursday in Yellow Springs

Miguel’s Poké Island is opening in mid-July in the former location of the Greene Canteen (file photo).

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Miguel’s Poké Island is opening in mid-July in the former location of the Greene Canteen (file photo).

Miguel’s Poké Island, a new poké shop in Yellow Springs, is holding a grand opening Thursday, July 14 at 11 a.m., according to a post on Facebook.

The restaurant is owned by Miguel Espinosa, who also owns Miguel’s Tacos.

“After 6 years of multiplying loyal advocates with his impeccable Mexican food in the Yellow Springs area, he is ready to embark on a new adventure with Chef Eric Mawby,” the website said. “Between the two of them, they came up with flavors that can really tell a story.”

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When Espinosa moved to Tampa, Florida in his 30s, he gained his innovative culinary experience from Mawby, according to the website. Born in the United Kingdom and raised in Japan, Mawby taught Espinosa that sushi is considered a true art form in Japanese culture and that its presentation is just as important as its taste, the website said.

The new poké shop is opening in the former location of the Greene Canteen, 134 Dayton Street.

Customers at Miguel’s Poké Island will be able to build their own poké bowls and sushi burritos with bases such as rice, quinoa or a kale salad mix and proteins such as tuna, salmon, tofu or grilled chicken. Toppings include pineapple, corn, cucumber, onion, kimchi and much more. Sauces include spicy mayo, spicy poké sauce, green goddess, teriyaki and poké sauce.

The restaurant will have a variety of smoothies, boba teas and açaí bowls.

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In early June, the Greene Canteen announced on its Facebook page that it would close its doors at the end of the month so the owners could focus on their personal health and happiness. The cafe-style restaurant focused on “clean foods” such as salads, juices and smoothies, along with a sandwich menu and baked goods.

For more information, visit www.MiguelsPokeIsland.com.

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