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Pokeology Crowdfunds Its Forthcoming Sawyer Yards Location

Also in the works: a bigger, better menu

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Beginning as a series of pop-ups in 2016, Pokeology is looking for investors in its second location, planned for Sawyer Yards near the Heights.

Eater reported back in March that the shop would expand to the Heights sometime in Summer 2017, but those plans have been delayed as Pokeology co-owners Jason Liao and Charlie Chang are currently raising funds for the new restaurant. The duo is hoping to raise at least $150,000 to complete the design and construction of the space at 2313 Edwards. Via NextSeed, Houstonians can “invest” in Pokeology with $100, and investments starting at $500 come with rewards like free appetizers and discount cards.

The Sawyer Yards location will also offer a much more expansive menu than the Rice Village outpost, thanks to a much bigger kitchen. In addition to the poke bowls, Liao is already plotting dishes like chicken karaage, sushi doughnuts, and wok-seared edamame. "We're really dedicated to pushing the envelope when it comes to our menu items," Liao said in a statement. "Poke bowls will always be a part of our concept, but we are really excited about experimenting with new dishes."

Pokeology is expected to arrive in March 2018, assuming the crowdfunding campaign goes well. At the time of this writing, Pokeology has raised about $36,000 from more than 40 investors.