The Chicago-based Aloha Poke Co. continues to expand westward, with plans to open a Marina del Rey location on May 10. The company opened a location in Century City last month and Costa Mesa in late-January. As poke saturation-point in LA nears, why did a Chicago-based company choose a city like Los Angeles?
Aloha Poke Co.’s menu is similar to many build-your-own poke restaurants throughout Southern California. Aloha Poke’s Marina del Rey location is less than one mile away from Mainland Poke Shop. Considered one of LA’s most highly regarded poke spots, Mainland Poke opened in 2016. Perhaps Aloha’s MDR location choice is a wise one, as there are more poke restaurants in Venice and Santa Monica.
West coast CEO McKensie Kahnweiler shared that Aloha Poke is taking a similar approach to Blaze Pizza’s expansion. The LA locations have some unique menu items just for LA, including a salad with cilantro and mint and lime juice, rice balls, and shrimp with kelp noodles. Kahnweiler knows LA is saturated, but remains optimistic, “There’s always room for more. No food can be at capacity.”
Kahnweiler is spearheading the west coast expansion. This team includes her mother Gerri Kahnweiler. The company also has an all women team of directors. Aloha Poke Co. has nine Chicago locations, and single stores in Evanston, Minneapolis, and Denver. They’ve continued expansion plans for Washington, D.C., Boca Raton as well as Arizona.
Aloha Poke Co.
4020 Lincoln Boulevard
Marina del Rey, CA
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