Pokeatery, the popular Northern California-based concept known for its build-your-own poké boxes, signature pokecado toast, and Dole Whip floats, is hosting a Grand Opening celebration for its Walnut Creek location on Saturday, March 24 at 11 A.M. The first 100 guests in line will receive a free poké box and pineapple mason jar with a surprise voucher to be used at their next visit. In addition, the Walnut Creek location will be offering buy one, get one free poké boxes all day long, as well as giving every guest a free pineapple mason jar with a voucher insider.
The Walnut Creek shop, located at 1345 Newell Ave. Suite B, initially opened doors in January and is the first of three franchised stores to be opened in Northern California by Gary Zhu and Julie Ren. They are actively seeking real estate options for the two additional stores, which are slated to open over the next two years.
“We never could have anticipated the immediate level of success we’ve been experiencing these last few weeks,” says franchisee Gary Zhu. “Since the community has already been so welcoming to us, we are more than thrilled to be officially celebrating the Grand Opening with the people of Walnut Creek.”
Pokeatery was founded by husband and wife duo Derek and Joann Chung who, after managing family-owned sushi restaurants for over 20 years, decided to bring fresh, authentic Hawaiian poké to the mainland. The concept quickly grew a following in Northern California and became known for their completely customizable poké bowls, which are loaded up with rice, noodles, or greens as a base, stacked with unlimited mix-ins, sauces, and toppings, and finished with proteins like ahi, yellowtail, salmon, octopus, tofu, and more. Additional menu standouts are the Dole Whip floats and Pokeatery’s signature pokecado toast, which guests can customize or choose from one of the pre-selected menu variations.
The poké concept currently operates three locations in Northern California (Walnut Creek, San Mateo, and Castro Valley) and one in Austin, TX. Pokeatery recently announced a new franchised location will be opening in Charlotte, NC within the next year.
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 to grow the brand. They are currently looking for experienced multi-unit foodservice operators to develop franchise territories in major markets.