Instagram-bait poke franchise Poke Burri has secured its Detroit location. The Atlanta-based restaurant chain known for its poke bowls, overstuffed sushi burritos, and sushi pizza has leased the former Le Petit Zinc space inside the Strathmore Apartment building in Midtown, according to Crain’s.
The location, which was also briefly home to Dangerously Delicious Pies, will seat between 15 and 30 people with additional space on a patio. Partners Seven Chan and Ken Yu started Poke Burri in a food stall in East Atlanta. The trendy raw seafood chain has since opened an outpost in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is exploring potential franchise locations in Boston, Denver, Tampa, and beyond. The Detroit restaurant will be operated by Mohamad Atwi of Dearborn.
Diners can expect to find both signature and build-your-own poke bowls as well as sushi burritos at the restaurant. However, Poke Burri is perhaps best known for items like sushi pizza — a triangular-shaped piece of nori layered with rice that’s rolled on the edge to form a makeshift “crust.” The whole thing is topped with items like fish, cucumbers, scallions, and spicy mayo. There’s also a sushi corn dog with deep-fried rice, crab salad, and dipping sauce and a sushi doughnut with a ring-shaped piece of rice and raw seafood toppings.
Reached by Eater, Chan confirms that the restaurant is on track to open by late summer or early fall. Poke Burri also plans to reveal some special menu items at the Detroit location in the lead up to the opening.
Le Petit Zinc closed in April after just over a year in its new location. The owner did not respond to requests for comment.
Poke Burri isn’t the first poke spot to set sights on the Midtown area. Metro Detroit chain Pokē Pokē is expected to open a restaurant inside the former Firehouse Subs space near Woodward Avenue.