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Sushi Doughnut Maker Poke Burri Permanently Closes Detroit Restaurant

The restaurant lasted less than two months in Midtown

A sushi doughnut on a gray plate in the foreground with a sushi burrito sliced in half and wrapped in paper, a poke bowl, and some other golden brown-colored item in the background. Everything is sitting on a hot pink background.
Sushi doughnuts, sushi burritos, and other dishes from Poke Burri.
Poke Burri [Courtesy photo]
Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

Just a few weeks after opening its doors in Cass Corridor, Poke Burri has permanently closed. The restaurant unexpectedly shut its doors in January, citing “unforeseen circumstances” in posts to social media and hasn’t returned since, according to the Detroit News.

Co-founder Seven Chan confirmed the closure in a statement to Eater by phone on Wednesday. “Poke Burri and the local franchise owner had a parting of ways, but we really like the city and we hope to be back very soon,” he says, stating that the response in Detroit had been positive.

Poke Burri first debuted in 2016 in Atlanta. The company is known for build-your-own poke bowls and burrito-sized sushi rolls as well as stunty specials like ring-shaped sushi doughnuts, sushi pizza, and deep-fried sushi corndogs.

Chan and co-founder Ken Yu began expanding and franchising the business shortly after opening the first location. Chan told Eater in December that the restaurant chain was poised to open 20 more locations in 2020. Poke Burri in Detroit was the company’s fourth location. It opened in mid-December under the management of engineer Mohamad Atwi of Dearborn.

Poke Burri is the latest restaurant to shutter at that particular address in the Strathmore Building. Since 2017, the space has been occupied by Dangerously Delicious Pies and Le Petit Zinc.

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Poke Burri

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