Michael Sponaugle

Michael Sponaugle is the Founder and Operating Partner 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.  in 2016, Michael launched Buya Restaurants, a Japanese Soul Food and Izakaya concept in St. Petersburg, FL. The first...

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Michael Sponaugle is the Founder and Operating Partner 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.  in 2016, Michael launched Buya Restaurants, a Japanese Soul Food and Izakaya concept in St. Petersburg, FL. The first location, Buya Ramen, opened in August of 2016.  Since then, Michael has expanded the Buya brand with locations in Miami and Berlin.  Michael and Buya have been featured on Food Network.

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