It’s shaping up to be a busy year for Miskiri, the D.C. chef, who got his start with Po Boy Jim, the cajun creole restaurant that opened on H Street Northeast in 2014. He recently opened a new Po Boy in Columbia, and has also branched out to Cleveland, where his House of Creole opened earlier this year. He's also planning two new restaurants, a second Southern Kitchen, and Miss Toya's Soul Juice, at Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners' refurbished Shops at Penn Branch in D.C.
Given the lakefront location, the Rio restaurant will have a more relaxed vibe than some of his more urban stores, Miskiri said. It will be the first of his restaurants to have a breakfast menu, but will still include some of the southern-influenced dishes that have drawn fans to his other outposts, such as red beans and rice, macaroni and cheese and a southern fried chicken sandwich.
“People that want to enjoy time on the water, they want to take the time to really enjoy it,” Miskiri said.