Manoa to Open in Somerville
It looks like a Hawaiian eatery is on its way to Somerville, and it may be joining at least one other Hawaiian spot that is also planning to come to the city.
According to a job listing on the bostonchefs.com site, Manoa is looking to open on Beacon Street near Porter Square, with the description saying that it will be "a neighborhood-oriented business inspired by the poke shops and superettes of Hawaii....their menu will feature top-quality local seafood along with other classic Hawaiian dishes." An exact address for the dining spot has not been given as of yet, nor is there a specific opening date; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.
A couple of months ago, we had reported that a chain called Pokeworks had been planning to open on Elm Street in Davis Square, with that place offering both poke (which is a Hawaiian raw fish salad) and "pokirritos" (sushi burritos). At the time, it looked like dining spots offering poke and pokirritos would be coming to both 261 Elm Street and 263 Elm Street, indicating that Pokeworks could be taking over both spaces, though this has not been confirmed.
[January 6, 2017 update: Eater Boston states that Manoa opens its doors tomorrow (Saturday, January 7).]
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