Fast-casual Asian restaurant chain headed to Nashville

Fast-casual Asian restaurant chain Pokéworks has chosen Capitol View for its first Nashville location,  with a May opening eyed.

The eatery will join a sister business in Knoxville as the two Pokéworks in Tennessee.

Founded in 2015 and based in Irvine, California, the chain operates 61 restaurants in 23 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., Mexico and Canada, according to its website. In addition, 21 more Pokéworks are planned.

Pokéworks offers poke bowls, poke burritos and poke salads. Its menu is highlighted by ahi tuna and organic tofu, among other items. In general, poke is diced raw fish (traditional forms are aku and heʻe) that is a staple of Native Hawaiian cuisine.

The future restaurant will be located in the mixed-use building anchored by Publix at 416 11th Ave. N. in the North Gulch. A permit, valued at about $121,700, has been issued to allow for the build-out of the space. MTLC Inc. is handling the job. The Pokéworks will located one space from Clean Juice and between  two opening-soon businesses: Condado Tacos and VSL Nail Spa. It will take space previously unoccupied.

Boyle Investment Company developed the site with the building to which Pokéworks will locate.

“We have been very intentional about creating a true community with unique dining experiences at Capitol View, and we’re pleased to welcome Pokéworks to the district,” Jeff Haynes, partner at Boyle, said in the release. “Pokéworks’ best-in-class, healthy dining offerings, which can be enjoyed easily on site or on-the-go, is a perfect fit for all of Capitol View’s residents and office tenants, in addition to its many visitors from all over Middle Tennessee who are able to easily access free parking throughout the community.”

Mike Wu, Pokéworks CEO, said the brand is "committed to investing in the delivery and takeout elements of the guest experience, which is perfect for the fast-paced lifestyle of many in the Nashville community. We look forward to bringing an authentic taste of the islands to a city so rooted in food, entertainment and new experiences.”

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