Pokeatery, a popular Northern California-based fast-casual poké concept, will be opening their first location outside of California in Austin, Texas, before year’s end. The restaurant, which will occupy the space of the former Tino’s Greek Cafe at 1201 Barbara Jordan Blvd, is centrally located in Austin’s Mueller neighborhood.
Pokeatery is known for their fresh, responsibly sourced ingredients and authentic Hawaiian flavors. It was founded by husband and wife duo Derek and Joann Chung, who after managing family-owned sushi restaurants for over 20 years, decided to open Pokeatery to bring their favorite Hawaiian flavors to the mainland. The core menu features customizable poké boxes packed with a base, proteins, and flavorful toppings that each customer can tailor to their own preferences, and pokecado toast, a creative spin on avocado toast, available in several variations and in a custom, build-your-own option. Additionally, the Austin menu will feature new offerings including rice noodles as a base, and beer floats made with Hawaiian beer and Dole Whip pineapple soft serve.
“Austin’s eclectic culture and growing food scene has made it the perfect choice for Pokeatery’s first US location outside of California,” says founder and owner Joann Chung. “We look forward to bringing our authentic Hawaiian flavors, customizable, fresh poké boxes, and new beer floats to Austin and beyond.”
Pokeatery is partnered with Fransmart, the franchise development company behind the explosive growth of brands like Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Qdoba Mexican Grill, as their exclusive franchise development partner and is currently looking for experienced multi-unit foodservice operators to develop franchise territories in major markets.