Poké alert! Poké Time to open two new locations in downtown Vancouver

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      There are several things, it seems, that this city can never seem to get enough of: coffee, sushi, yoga (and yoga pants), pizza, poutine, ramen.

      This year has made it clear that poké (or Hawaiian seasoned raw fish) has made the list.

      Throughout 2016, numerous poké shops have sprouted up across Vancouver, some of the latest being the Poke Shop in Gastown and Pacific Poke in Chinatown.

      Poké Time became an instant hit when it opened on July 30 at 1258 Robson Street, offering its array of poké salads, rice bowls, and burritos with a casual, build-your-own-meal service format.

      Poké Time

      With that under their belt, the company is about to expand by launching two new locations.

      This spring, they'll open a store in the Royal Centre mall at 1055 West Georgia Street, near the Coal Harbour business district. It'll be around 1,300 square feet and will seat between 20 to 30 people.

      Owners Sandra Kwon and Johnny Ung informed the Georgia Straight that this location will be open only for breakfast and lunch from Monday to Friday.

      Following that, they're planning to open a third shop at 840 Howe Street (in the Robson Court next to Chipotle) this summer.

      This location will be 1,500 square feet and also seat about 20 to 30 people. It'll be open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

      The main menu items will remain the same (such as bowls and burritos) but each location will add unique Hawaiian items, such as breakfast items, Kona coffee, soup, or dessert.

      The Robson Street location, which is 900 square feet and seats 13 people, is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

      Poké Time

      In November, the Robson location started offering new inside-out rolls. Customers could have the option to turn their poke burritos inside out (like California rolls) and have them coated in various toppings, such as crushed Cheetos, hot Cheetos, wasabi peas, or nachos for $1 extra.

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