New Orleans, LA – The Domain Companies is excited to announce the opening of Poke Loa in the rapidly-growing South Market District. Following the success of its Magazine Street flagship and recently-opened Old Metairie location, Poke Loa brings its quick-serve, poke dishes to the Downtown area.
Poke Loa at The Park (939 Girod Street) continues to craft healthy, “build-your-own” poke bowl options for a new batch of diners. Consisting of a base of rice or mixed greens, chopped raw fish, and twenty tasty marinades and toppings (such as ponzu, edamame, and avocado), the poke bowls serve as the perfect introduction to Hawaiian cuisine for New Orleans’ food connoisseurs. While the city’s residents, workers, and visitors will be treated to classic poke offerings, the Downtown location will also include a full tiki-style bar and a mochi dessert bar. Mochi, an ice cream confection made from pounded sticky rice, will round-out Poke Loa’s diverse food menu.
With the addition of the tiki and mochi bars, Poke Loa is expanding its offerings while remaining focused on its mission to bring healthy, tasteful food options to the New Orleans community. “Seafood is such a classic protein for New Orleans residents,” said Cecile Hardy Tanguis, co-founder of Poke Loa. “With our newest location, we’re excited to continue sharing this delicious, Hawaiian cuisine with the community.”
The clean, minimal interior of the space at 939 Girod follows the pared-down aesthetic of previous locations, with a multitude of indoor seating options available. Sidewalk seating complements current outdoor seating options throughout the South Market District.
Poke Loa joins a well-rounded selection of neighborhood food and retail experiences in the South Market District, including established favorites like Willa Jean, Company Burger, and Maypop. The Park at South Market is already home to Arhaus Furniture and CVS/pharmacy.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Poke Loa to The Park at South Market,” said Matt Schwartz, principal at The Domain Companies, South Market’s developers. “As the range of food options available in the South Market District continues to expand, we’re excited for the Downtown community to have quick access to delicious poke dishes.”
Poke Loa is now open Monday-Sunday from 11 AM-9 PM at 939 Girod Street.
About the South Market District
The South Market District encompasses a burgeoning five-block area in the heart of Downtown New Orleans. The first mixed-use, transit-oriented development Downtown, South Market combines luxury apartments with some of the city’s best retailers, restaurants, and entertainment venues including the nearby Ace Hotel. Once complete, the $500M South Market will include 1,000 luxury apartments and condominiums, 200,000 square feet of retail space including a 40,000sf full-service gourmet grocer (Rouses Market), and 1,300 garage parking spaces. www.southmarketdistrict.com
About The Domain Companies
Founded in 2004, The Domain Companies is based in New Orleans and New York and specializes in the development and management of unique, mixed-use properties in core urban locations. Domain creates high-quality properties that stand apart through innovative design and exceptional management, enhancing the communities in which they build. Domain’s projects include the new construction and preservation of affordable, mixed-income, and luxury housing; the acquisition and repositioning of distressed housing; historic restoration; brownfield redevelopment; seniors and special needs housing; and hospitality, retail, and commercial development. www.thedomaincos.com
About Poke Loa
Since opening in early February 2017, Poke Loa has made quite a splash in the New Orleans Restaurant scene. The first poke restaurant in Louisiana, Poke Loa is a delicious and healthy option for both residents and tourists in the city. Poke Loa offers Hawaiian cuisine and fresh brewed teas and coffee. Poke, in Hawaiian, means ‘to chop’. Poke is a salad based around chopped fresh raw fish. Poke Loa has a quick serve environment, friendly engaged staff, and offers both inside and outside seating. The environment is upbeat and welcoming, with white tables and bright lights where the colors in the poke bowls will pop and sing. Poke Loa was founded by a group of Louisiana women who were interested in bringing something new to the city. Their partner’s brother was living in California, and raved about this hot trend on seemingly every corner. After a visit to California, they knew this was the fresh idea to bring to New Orleans. That started the craze – the ladies and one brother quickly opened Poke Loa Uptown on Magazine Street! Poke Loa’s three locations are open every day from 11am to 9pm. www.eatpokeloa.com