DEPAUL — Just as the Chicago-based Aloha Poke is expanding beyond the city limits, it's doubling down on Lincoln Park and the DePaul University area as well.
Aloha Poke has opened its latest outlet at 818 W. Fullerton Ave. It's the fifth in Chicago and part of a major expansion in the city.
The new chain, which opened just last year in Chicago, announced last month it was expanding to the West Coast, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Miami and Washington, D.C.
Fast-food diners might compare it to Chipotle, with its options on rice, salad, meat and sauces. But Managing Partner Zach Friedlander said earlier this year he was "hoping to revolutionize the way people look at fast food" by drawing on the trendy Hawaiian salad pronounced "poh-kay."
Aloha Poke's menu offers the options of white or brown rice or salad greens topped with ahi tuna, salmon or tofu in bowls ranging from little ($7.50) to big ($9.50) to kahuna ($14.50). There's a range of pre-selected "house bowls" as well and an array of sauces.
Hours of the new DePaul outlet are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
Although still just a single storefront, it's the chain's largest restaurant yet, with a seating area. It's also displayed its intent to stay with a signature tile arrangement at the door.