New poke restaurant coming to Bay View

Will occupy former Subway restaurant space at Bay View Commons

2121 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., photo by Google

Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:21 pm

2121 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., photo by Google

The poke trend is headed for Bay View.

A new business, listed as Fuji Poke Inc., recently leased a 1,800-square-foot retail space at Bay View Commons mixed-use development, located at 2121 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., according to a news release from Milwaukee-based Founders 3  Real Estate Services.

The space previously housed a Subway restaurant that recently closed.

Matthew Beadle, a broker at Founders 3, represented Fuji Poke in the agreement. Its owners could not be immediately reached for comment.

Fuji Poke joins a handful of poke concepts that have opened throughout Milwaukee in the past two years.

Milwaukee-based FreshFin Poke was the first poke restaurant to open in the area in January 2017, and has since expanded its East Side location to Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward and to The Corners of Brookfield.

Other poke restaurants that have opened in the area include Fusion Poke on the East Side, Aloha Poke in the Third Ward, and R&R Poke in Wauwatosa. Most recently, Irvine, Calif.-based Pokeworks opened its first Wisconsin location in Brookfield.

Poke, which originates from Hawaii, is diced raw fish, usually tuna or octopus, that can be served on its own or as a bowl-style dish with other ingredients.

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Maredithe Meyer
Maredithe Meyer started as an intern reporter at BizTimes in summer 2015. She currently covers entertainment, sports, tourism and restaurants. In May 2017, she graduated with a journalism degree from Marquette University where she worked as an in-depth projects reporter for the Marquette Wire and Marquette Tribune.