LemonShark Poké & Makai Grill Debuts at Easton this Week
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.