Seven Chan wants a piece of the Bay area’s thriving food scene.
Poke is currently one of the biggest food trends to hit Tampa Bay in recent years. And although locals have plenty of concepts to choose from, there will be a new heavy-hitter coming to town this fall.
Since the chain’s debut in Atlanta in 2016, Poke Burri has launched two more locations within ATL, with three more on the horizon, not to mention the 20 locations currently in development in big cities like Nashville, Denver, Charleston, and Houston.
With plans to open no later than September of this year in Westshore at 4038 W Kennedy Blvd., co-owner Seven Chan is confident that the concept will be a star in Tampa Bay.
“I think it’s something different and special that the city is leaning towards wanting. We will be the best for a very long time,” says Chan.
Chan and counterpart Ken Yu have tapped into a saturated market before, and they’re more than willing to do it again.
“When we started there weren’t really a million poke restaurants. We had no idea we were going to grow so fast or do so well, but we just wanted to come in and do everything the best,” Chan explains.
Tampa’s growing food scene enticed Poke Burri owners, and late last year they decided they wanted a piece of the market.
“Tampa is a great city. It’s been transitioning into a more foodie-friendly city with an amazing food culture. We really wanted to be a big part of it,” says Chan.
The restaurant will give Tampa a taste of its signature bowls like Tangy Crab & Shrimp or Spicy Tuna Kimchee, burrito rolls, and finger foods. Build-your-own bowls, salads, dumplings, and jalapeño poppers are also up for grabs.
Wait, there’s more. Secret menu items are announced on their social media pages with options including sushi donuts, sushi pizza, tempura fried bacon, and fried ramen.
“We want to be creative and different. It ended up being a thing where it made sushi and poke approachable to people who wouldn’t eat it normally. They’ll be afraid to eat sushi but not a sushi donut,” says Chan.
When it comes to beverages, Poke Burri plans to pour up beer, wine, and sake. Menu items range between $5-$15, so don’t worry about breaking the bank.
The 1,400 square-foot eatery can sit up to 30 people inside. It’ll be located off Kennedy in a space that was supposed to be either a coffee or salad shop that never opened, with PB co-owner and partner Firas Salem running the joint.
Poke Burri’s Tampa location will open with a bang, although Chan isn’t quite sure exactly what the grand opening will entail.
“We usually do the opposite of what everyone else does. For example, in Atlanta, we did a promo that said bring in 10 people and we’ll name something after you. One girl brought in 239 people.”
The full-service restaurant will be offering lunch and dinner. Although PB usually runs five days a week, Chan is considering giving Tampans their sushi fix six or seven days a week.
“We’re going to be one of the best restaurants in Tampa. I say that in every city and people laugh and then I actually do it,” Chan says.
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