Local Entrepreneurs to Open Poké Concept’s Newest Sunshine State Location
The Villages, FL (RestaurantNews.com) Island Fin Poké, a fast casual restaurant famous for its Hawaiian-style build-your-own poké bowls, is happy to announce the opening of its newest Florida location in The Villages. Located at 2752 Brownwood Blvd., the new restaurant will be owned by Ed and Maryellen Tobin and Frank and Jodi Micheinzi. This will be the first Island Fin Poké location the partners intend on opening in the area, with plans to open additional locations in the near future.
With the restaurant opening slated for Dec. 16, the new Island Fin Poké will serve fresh poké (pronounced “poh-kay”), which is like sushi in a bowl. Guests can choose from responsibly sourced ingredients and customize their own poké bowl, with options including over eight proteins, 25 different toppings, gluten-free house-made sauces, and specialty mix-ins. The endless possibilities allow guests to get creative and try something new every visit. The new Villages restaurant will also feature indoor and outdoor patio seating, third-party delivery, catering services and curbside pickup options.
“With the wide variety of Island Fin Poké’s customizable offerings, there is truly something for everyone,” said local owner Frank Micheinzi. “There are not many restaurant concepts out there that can provide such unique flavors in an experience that can appeal to anyone.”
A former IT professional in corporate America, Ed Tobin became invested in Island Fin Poké to bring a health-conscious restaurant concept to his local community. After suffering from a case of long-haul COVID-19, Tobin discovered that the corporate world was no longer an option due to his health and wanted to open a business that would continue well into his retirement. It was his business partner, Frank Micheinzi, who brought up the idea of franchising opportunities with Island Fin Poké. Together, the partners decided to move forward and open locations of their own, with full faith in the culture and business model of the Island Fin Poké brand.
“We are extremely excited to open our first Island Fin Poké location and introduce The Villages to the brand’s culture of Ohana, the Hawaiian word for family,” said Ed Tobin. “We aim to make our new spot a local lunch and dinner favorite, providing well-rounded and healthy meals to The Villages’ residents.”
The opening of the brand’s newest Florida location marks the next step in Island Fin Poké’s continued expansion throughout The Sunshine State. For more information, visit www.islandfinpoke.com.
About Island Fin Poké
Founded in 2017 and franchising since 2018, Island Fin Poké is a Florida-based fast-casual chain that serves Hawaiian-style poké bowls in a comfortable laid back beach shack environment. Today, there are 20+ locations open, with numerous others in various stages of development across the country. For more information, visit www.islandfinpoke.com.
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