|The existing Poké Bar in Sandy Springs|
Plenty of poke planned for Atlanta
Poké Bar, the Los Angeles based poke restaurant that opened their first Atlanta area restaurant last year, reportedly plans to open two new locations later this spring. On the heels of the initial location on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, Poké Bar plans to open new locations in Atlanta and Alpharetta.
The Atlanta location will open in the Edgewood Retail District on Moreland Avenue in place of what was most recently Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint (and before that, a Caribou Coffee). The Alpharetta location will reportedly open in The Atwater, a new center on Old Milton Parkway across from Avalon.
The existing location in Abernathy Square is 1,479 square feet and occupies the former Seven Hens eatery. The Edgewood location is 1,801 square feet, while the likely space in The Atwater is 1,475 square feet. The other available space in The Atwater is the recently vacated Pieology space, but it is 2,800 square feet, surely larger than Poké Bar needs.
I broke news last month that Poké Perfect, another poke eatery with U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, plans to open its first domestic location later this spring in Decatur. The growing chain plans to subsequently expand to other intown locations such as the westside and Inman Park near the BeltLine.
In addition to Poké Bar and Poké Perfect, Bull Gogi, which took over the Decatur location of Seven Hens, has become poke focused in their menu, a pivot from their Korean focused original location in Peachtree Corners.
In addition, Kale Me Crazy, the juice and smoothie joint, shared an image on their official Instagram page earlier this month saying "Coming soon... #pokebowl." Kale Me Crazy has eight locations open from Inman Park to Roswell, with a ninth coming soon to The Avenue East Cobb. Roi Shlomo, the founder of Kale Me Crazy, previously started Yogli Mogli, a frozen yogurt chain that he has since sold. While there is definitely still interest in juicing, Shlomo is clearly doing the best he can to capitalize on the latest food craze.
What are your thoughts on the current poke craze? Where would you like to see the next poke shop open? Do you think it's weird that Kale Me Crazy added poke to its menu?
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