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Michael Sponaugle

Buya Ramen

Michael Sponaugle is the Founder and Operator of Buya Ramen. Having spent the last 20 years in the hospitality industry in Houston, St. Petersburg and Miami, Michael has opened several restaurant concepts ranging from New American, to Caribbean and Japanese. He recently moved back to St. Petersburg, FL with his wife and 3-year-old daughter to open the Buya concept restaurants with a few of his longtime friends. The Buya concept features upscale Japanese comfort food, with each location focusing on a specific dish such as ramen and yakitori. Buya Ramen opened in August of 2016 and their second location, Buya Yakitori is scheduled to open in early 2018.