Chicago-based poke restaurant planned for Milwaukee’s East Side

Slated to open by May 15 at the former Hotch Spot space

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A poke restaurant based in downtown Chicago plans to open a location in Milwaukee’s East Side neighborhood next month.

Fusion Poke would occupy a 2,371-square-foot space that formerly housed The Hotch Spot bar and restaurant at 1813 E. Kenilworth Pl. Owner Yulin Zheng, who signed a lease for the space in December, wants to open the restaurant on May 15, according to a City of Milwaukee license application. Zheng was not immediately available for comment.

The fast-casual restaurant will be open daily for lunch and dinner. Fusion Poke joins a handful of other poke restaurants that have opened or been proposed throughout the city, including FreshFin Poke, Aloha Poke, and Ren Poke.

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FreshFin Poke was the first poke restaurant to open in Milwaukee in January 2017. It has since expanded to Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward and to The Corners of Brookfield.

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