February 20-24, 2019 Miami Beach
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Michael Sponaugle

Michael Sponaugle is the Founder and Managing Director of Buya Restaurants. 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. Michael studied finance at the University of South Florida and began his career with the restaurant group OSI (currently Bloomin’ Brands, Inc) in 1998. He has spent the last 8 years in Miami developing restaurant concepts, and in 2016, Michael launched Buya Restaurants in St. Petersburg, FL. The first location, Buya Ramen, opened in... READ MORE

Michael Sponaugle is the Founder and Managing Director of Buya Restaurants. 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. Michael studied finance at the University of South Florida and began his career with the restaurant group OSI (currently Bloomin’ Brands, Inc) in 1998. He has spent the last 8 years in Miami developing restaurant concepts, and in 2016, Michael launched Buya Restaurants in St. Petersburg, FL. The first location, Buya Ramen, opened in August of 2016. Michael and Buya have been featured on Food Network and will be opening the 2nd Buya location in Miami’s Little Havana district in the summer of 2019.

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