Hawaiian restaurant to open in Aurora Village

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Coming soon to Aurora Village - poke
Ahipoki, which opened the very first poke restaurant in Arizona in 2016, have announced their expansion plans to enter the Seattle restaurant scene with a location in Shoreline.

They expect to open this summer in the site formerly occupied by Starbucks in Aurora Village.

Poke is a Hawaiian based dish featuring diced sushi-grade fish like ahi tuna and salmon, garnished with vegetables and exotic toppings like daikon, and served over a bowl of rice - the quick serve industry’s hottest new concept.

The Ahipoki Bowl restaurant group, based in southern California, is at the forefront of developing the concept and has plans for multi-unit growth throughout the southwest and beyond.

Stefanie O’Neal and Lars Gouwerok
Shoreline Ahipoki

The team of Stefanie O’Neal and Lars Gouwerok have partnered with Jason Jantzen and Michael Zimmerman, owners of Ahipoki Arizona, to develop the state of Washington.

“Although we have seen several poke restaurants pop up in Seattle lately, we’re confident that the Ahipoki concept will thrive. 
"Our brand stands apart based on our quality of food, upbeat atmosphere and thoughtful site selection." explained O'Neal. 

"The dining experience has evolved." explained Gouwerok, managing partner of Ahipoki. "People want easy and efficient, but don't want to sacrifice quality and experience. We found a way to incorporate all four aspects in a well-crafted healthy option."

Zimmerman, entrepreneur and investor, along with Jantzen who is also owner of Phoenix Marketing Associates, have spearheaded the growth of Ahipoki and are looking forward to expanding into other states.

The Ahipoki concept was born out of the desire of a restaurant group wanting to bring a much needed health-conscious California seafood restaurant with a south pacific flair to its customers.

Health conscious fish lovers can sit down and relax in a laid back atmosphere all while enjoying the fusion of Japanese and Hawaiian flavors coupled with a fresh fish experience normally found outside of a quick serve restaurant.


Unknown October 12, 2017 at 7:04 PM  

Great food and great service. Music is a little obnoxious and loud, but otherwise excellent on all counts!

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