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Nashville Will Get Its First Poke Shop Later This Month

Kawai Poke Co. opens July 27

Kawai Poke Co./Facebook

East Nashville’s upcoming Kawai Poke Co. finally announced an official opening date today on Instagram, an occasion the city has been anticipating since December, when the company first announced plans for the area. The 30-seat restaurant, owned by Chicago transplant Yev Mikhailov, aims to open July 27.

Mikhailov moved to Music City to open Nashville’s first Hawaiian poke restaurant, which will focus on poke bowls, of course, with some other unexpected menu items thrown in (think hot chicken musubi and boiled peanuts).

Poke bowl options will include tuna, salmon, shrimp, tofu, and vegetables. Customers will then choose white or brown rice, or a salad instead, then choose from an assortment of add-ons and sauces. Baked goods will also be a focus with a variety of cookies, muffins, individual pies, and pineapple upside-down cake. A small selection of beer and wine will also be available, with all brews by the bottle or can.

Yev Mikhailov most recently owned Gurman Food Co. – an Eastern European sausage and salami company in Chicago.

Expect giveaways and more during the restaurant’s opening party later this month.

Update: July 2, 2018, 2:35 p.m.

This story was originally published July 2 at 2:00 p.m. and has been updated to reflect the latest information.

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