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LemonShark Poké & Makai Grill Debuts at Easton this Week

Susan Post Susan Post LemonShark Poké & Makai Grill Debuts at Easton this WeekLemon Shark Poké & Makai Grill opens at Easton Town Center's new expansion on February 23 - All photos by Susan Post
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Easton’s newest addition, LemonShark Poké & Makai Grill, will officially open its doors tomorrow, Tuesday, February 23 at 3969 Merchants Row.

It’s the first combined Poké-Makai concept from the LemonShark Poké franchisors, but is soon to be joined by two others – one in southern California ready to open as soon as COVID restrictions lift, and a second Columbus location with a signed lease near OSU’s campus at 15th & High.

LemonShark President & Co-Founder Tobi Miller helps acquaint diners with the menu by describing their fare as Asian tapas. The experience is akin to a Korean barbecue with table-side grills at some seats, but with Hawaiian and Japanese flavor profiles. The menu is designed for parties to split and share.

In the shares department, diners will find dishes like Japanese street corn (a head-turner that normally leads to more orders once guests see it Miller says), blistered shishito peppers and steamed edamame. Skewers and small plates for the grills span beef, pork and poultry, to seafood and veggies.

Fulfilling the poké of its name, diners can build their own bowls with a variety of bases, seafoods, toppings and sauces. For the indecisive, there are signature bowl options, and for those that prefer their proteins cooked, a lineup of Hibachi bowls served with Hawaiian mac salad & cabbage slaw.

LemonShark Poké & Makai Grill will sport a full bar serving up themed cocktails with a twist, like the Makai Tai, Lei of Roses and Sake Sangria.

Miller says as a franchise-driven concept, most location opportunities come to them. But, he feels they’ve found a prominent, billboard location in Easton.

“It’s both a walk-by and a destination,” Miller says. “It’s a great place to start the brand in Ohio.”

The Easton location is co-owned by Sherry Whay and Billy Horschel.

LemonShark Poké & Makai Grill will be open Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. for dine-in and carryout.

LemonShark Poké & Makai Grill is the latest dining concept to open as part of the Easton expansion
The restaurant’s patio space opens onto The Yard
A sneak peek at Lemon Shark’s menu
A sneak peek at Lemon Shark’s menu
A poké bowl
The menu offers a number of prepared dishes and items to grill table-side
LemonShark cocktails from left to right: Makai Tai, Sake Sangria and Lei of Roses
The restaurant has added partitions between tables and bar seats per COVID guidelines
A table with a grill
The restaurant includes a full bar
The poké station
The restaurant features a number of seating styles
Garage doors opening to the patio in warmer months
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