Is poke the next fast casual trend? The dish, which is typically comprised of sliced, raw fish with a variety of mix-ins, is quickly gaining popularity in the fast casual space— naturally San Francisco is working on its own addition to the burgeoning scene with the addition of Poki Time.
Two locations of the new restaurant are on the way from the team behind the popular Outer Sunset Hot Pot Garden (which will soon reopen following a fire in 2014, with SoMa location in the works). Partners Brenden Lam, Tammy Nguyen, and Tony Tran plan to debut locations on Irving Street in February, and a second on Taraval in the coming months.
The main idea will allow customers to choose white or brown rice, that will then be topped with mixed greens and various types of fresh fish. The restaurant will feature fish flown in from Hawaii (also where the dish originated), but Hoodline reports that the owners are hoping to procure their vegetables from local sources. It'll be quick-service for the most part, designed to take out, with only 5-10 seats available at either location.
A grand opening is planned at the first Poki Time (549 Irving St) on February 15, complete with a Hawaiian dance performance. Stay tuned for more information on the second location.