LA's Poké Bar plans to open its first east coast location this week in Sandy Springs. The new eatery replaces schnitzel joint Seven Hens in the Publix-anchored Abernathy Square shopping center at the corner of Abernathy and Roswell Roads. Seven Hens closed both its Sandy Springs and Decatur locations last month after owner Michael Gurevich was unable to find a buyer for the business to continue the locations as schnitzel restaurants.
With Seven Hens' closure in late September, Poké Bar's opening this week is quite remarkable, and rather unheard of in Atlanta's oft-delayed restaurant opening world.
Poke, which is a traditional Hawaiian dish, often contains tuna, salmon, albacore, shrimp, octopus, scallop and tofu with different mixtures including seaweed, onions, and other vegetables.
Although I was previously informed that the Sandy Springs location would be a corporately owned restaurant, a representative at the restaurant indicated that it is in fact a franchised restaurant.
Today through Wednesday, Poké Bar will offer patrons 50% off their order to celebrate the restaurant's "soft opening." Poke bowls come in three sizes ranging in price from $8.95 to $12.95.
The restaurant plans to officially open Thursday and will be open seven days a week from 11AM to 9PM.
Signage on the Sandy Springs location indicates that other local Poké Bar locations are planned for Alpharetta and "Atlanta." I inquired with Poké Bar staff over the weekend if either of the other two locations had leases signed and was informed both were close, but not "done deals."
In addition to Poké Bar, another sushi and poke joint is opening in Atlanta. Boruboru Sushi, a restaurant I first wrote about in March, will open its new restaurant in phase two of Emory Point. Due to "unforeseen construction delays," the restaurant's opening, which was originally planned for August and then pushed back to September, is now slated to occur today according to a representative responding to their official Facebook page.
Are you familiar with poke? Where would you like to see the next Atlanta area Poké Bar open? Which poke joint will get your dining dollars today?
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