meet the miskiris
Chef Jeffeary (Jeff) Miskiri is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of a unique collective of Black, family and woman-owned products and restaurants in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area with a proven commitment of excellence to the communities they serve. Chef Jeff's wife, Toya Miskiri, is Vice President & Chief Operations Officer, as well as, Co-Founder of Creole on 14th, Suga & Spice, Miss Toya's Creole House, Miss Toya's Soul Juice and Miss Toya's Southern Cajun Kitchen.
Miskiri Hospitality Group includes: Po Boy Jim at 709 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002 in the bustling Atlas District and coming in 2022 to 10000 Town Center Avenue, Columbia, MD 21044 in Downtown Columbia; Creole on 14th at 3345 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20010 in the historic Tivoli Theater in Columbia Heights; Suga & Spice at 5557 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 500, Hyattsville, MD 20781 in the Hyattsville Arts District; Miss Toya's Creole House coming in 2022 to 923 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910 in Downtown Silver Spring; and Miss Toya's Soul Juice and Misss Toya's Southern Cajun Kitchen coming in 2022 to 3200 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20020 in Penn Branch.
Chef Jeff has over 15 years of hospitality experience. Chef Jeff was raised in Takoma Park, MD and attended Blair High School. He began cooking at the age of 8 and by 17 he worked at McDonald’s with his mother and her siblings where they operated eight Washington, DC area locations. He also worked at his family’s Caribbean restaurant where he received an introduction to becoming a restaurateur. These early hospitality experiences with family contributed to his love for cooking, people and hard work.
After high school, Chef Jeff earned his Associate's Degree in Business Management. While in college, he wrote his first business plan for a Caribbean and Southern cuisine restaurant—a plan that won first place in a competition and a $10,000 grant to help further his dream. His next stop was Crescent City and after a two-year stay in New Orleans, LA with his great grandfather, Chef Jeff became well versed in the heritage, culture and style of Louisiana’s Creole and Cajun cuisine. He committed to launching a restaurant in Washington, DC to honor his family’s roots.
In 2012, that dream became a reality when he opened Po Boy Jim. He furthered this vision in 2020 by launching Creole on 14th and then again in 2021 by launching Suga & Spice. Chef Jeff restaurants are popular DC staples. Most recently, Chef Jeff was appointed to the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Board of Directors.