Hone serves elevated, international cuisine on East Johnson

After traveling the world with the Air Force, Michael Parks took the leap to open his own restaurant.

Last week on East Johnson Street, restaurateur Michael Parks opened up his first venture in the space previously inhabited by Forequarter. With a knack for service, previous local restaurant experience and eight years of Air Force service under his belt, Parks is bringing his worldly cuisine to the Tenney-Lapham neighborhood’s culinary scene with his concept Hone.

“We’ve just been enjoying what’s been happening so far,” Parks says. “Everybody comes in and cleans their plate, and that’s always a good sign out of the kitchen.”

Hone’s menu is filled with international goods Parks enjoyed during his time overseas, like lumpia, a Filipino fried spring roll that comes in a variety of flavors and fillings like mushroom tofu and pork and cheese. Chef Adam Droski is experiments with new things to shake up Hone’s menu, and Scott Anderson is behind the bar concocting fun and delicious cocktails.

“Being my first restaurant, I wanted to do something small and keep the quality high by having really high quality staff,” says Parks. While pandemic-era closures and layoffs have been devastating to the community, the halt in restaurant service allowed him to build a team creative foodies for his own venture.

“It’s been a fun little adventure, getting everything together and trying out new flavors and stuff,” he says. “[We have] a local vibe and flavor with a little bit of travel.”

The restaurant’s name, Hone, has a significant meaning. Defined as “to sharpen,” Parks says he and his staff are constantly evolving and fine-tuning their craft.

“We like the idea of sharpening our skills, but also our guests coming in and sharpening what they define as a great experience for dining,” Parks says. “That’s a collaborative process with us and our guests — to make something that they enjoy, so it’s a place that they want to be in the neighborhood as well.”

Open for dinner and happy hour Thursday through Monday, diners can stop by Hone and enjoy the patio area once the weather permits. Hone is also offering to-go dining through ToastTab. Drinks are only available in-house.

Hone is located at 708 1/4 E. Johnson St. Visit its website here