Boston, MA - Gluts. They can happen to even the best of intentions. Starbucks. Korean fried chicken. Sushi pizzas. It’s the inevitable outcome when novelty meets mundanity. As the old adage goes, familiarity breeds contempt.
But if trends indicating a burst bubble of casual poké restaurants in once heavily saturated markets from Los Angeles to Dallas are on the rise, it’s a gamble Boston’s not quite willing to accept just yet. Over twelve different poké spots have opened up in the greater Boston metropolitan area alone since 2016. And Northeastern University is hosting the latest iteration of the craze with the opening of Poké Station and Kitchen on campus.
On the mainland of Hawaii, the style of poké with which most of us are familiar didn’t gain much prominence until the early 1980s. By the time the franchise craze erupted in the continental U.S. roughly four years ago, it underwent an even more drastic change with fast casual “select your own filling” options familiar from more traditional chains becoming all the more the norm. Not surprisingly, Poké Station and Kitchen doesn’t deviate from the trend; even if their offerings are a bit more diverse than the rice bowls specialized by other restaurants (think dumplings, baos and onigiri alongside the now ubiquitous sushi burritos.)
It’s also has its fair share of planned competitors, with the arrival of a planned sushi donut and burrito chain being imported from Atlanta early next year, as well as another sushi and poké eatery opening up on the former site of Somerville’s sorely missed Johnny D’s.
Personally, I don’t think there’s any such thing as too much sushi; but I'm also not a marine biologists. But for once… we’d like to see a ceviche trend in this city for a change.
Poké Station and Kitchen is located at 313 Huntington Ave between Gainsborough St and Opera Pl in Boston and is open Monday - Thursday from 11:00 am - 10:00 pm, Friday - Saturday from 11:00 am - 10:30 pm and Sundays from 12:30 pm - 10:00 pm.