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Wanderfish hopes sustainability, chef give it head start in Capitol Hill poke rush

unnamed-98Maybe there really is a Broadway boom underway. Another empty space on the reportedly light rail-boosted Capitol Hill main drag is being put into motion.

Wanderfish Poke will open in early October in the Broadway Building near E Pine in a space left empty by the summer exit of local fro-yo project Refresh Desserts.

“Seattle is very passionate about its salmon,” Wanderfish partner Tim Lee told CHS as he explained that a focus on sustainable fish and “chef-driven” preparations will be what sets his restaurant apart from the in-progress wave of trendy poke-related concepts.

Chef and business partner Jason Velasquez has created a menu of Wanderfish poke “signature” selections honed in area competitions. Or diners can put together their own fresh fish bowls from the seafood and sauce selections from behind the long counter.

Lee says Wanderfish Broadway will likely be the first of a family of poke restaurants. The partnership is also working on a downtown location.

Like many a food and drink entrepreneur before him, Lee expects Capitol Hill to be an excellent stage to test the concept and create a lasting business. “There’s such great food options here,” Lee said. “Poke’s been growing like crazy. We’re excited to be here first.”

Wanderfish Poke is planned to open at 1620 Broadway in early October.


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6 thoughts on “Wanderfish hopes sustainability, chef give it head start in Capitol Hill poke rush

  1. I’m going to assume a massive price gouge at this spot. Poke isn’t cheap, and whoever can put together the most competitive pricing is going to win.

    My money is on GoPoke in the ID, but we’ll have to wait and see.

    Recipes aren’t secrets, I hope they’re smart about this and not just a money grab.

  2. Seattle Fish Guys on 23rd and Jackson. Delicious and plenty of fish for the price. Two poke choices plus rice and sides is $12.99, and they pile on the poke! Local guys, one worked in the Pike Place Market fish stalls for years, so they know some quality fish!