Fusing Flavors: Ritho Caribbean Spot and Ono Kine Local Grindz Bring Unique Dining Experiences to Bainbridge Island

Entrepreneurs introducing Asian and Haitian cuisine to Bainbridge Island

Two enterprising business owners in Bainbridge are bringing a delightful fusion of Asian and Haitian cuisine to the area, providing a one-of-a-kind dining experience for the community. Ritho Jean Louis, owner and manager of Ritho Caribbean Spot, shares his story of cooking for his sisters since he was a child and how ingredients like tomatoes, corn, and peanuts brought him to Bainbridge during harvest seasons. He noticed a gap in the local food scene and decided to open his own restaurant.

On the other hand, Christine Vancamp, owner of Ono Kine Local Grindz, took a leap of faith by opening an Asian Fusion restaurant at the Bainbridge Marina. She grew up eating Korean dishes like Shoyu chicken, Kalbi, and lumpia, inspired by her grandparents who left Korea for Hawaii in the 1920s. Vancamp cooks alongside her husband and is excited to share her heritage through food with the Bainbridge community.

Both Louis and Vancamp are introducing locals to dishes that are not typical in traditional Southern cooking. Louis plans to host a corn festival on May 18th, where members of the Haitian and Latino community will bring their unique twist to southern traditions. The diversity in cuisine not only offers a unique dining experience but also creates a link between heritage, uniqueness, and progression in a town where racial and ethnic diversity has been less common. By bringing their culinary traditions to Bainbridge, both business owners hope to give the community a taste of the comfort food they grew up on.

In conclusion, Ritho Caribbean Spot and Ono Kine Local Grindz are two exciting new restaurants that offer an authentic taste of Asia and Haiti right here in Bainbridge Island. These businesses not only add diversity to our local food scene but also provide an opportunity for our community members to learn about different cultures through food.

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