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Hawaiian dish poke focus of planned Williamsville restaurant

Poke, the Hawaiian dish usually based on marinated raw fish, is getting its first dedicated local outlet in a Williamsville restaurant.

Fresh Catch Poke Co. is planning to open in December at 5933 Main St., the building across from Williamsville South High School that will also contain a Lloyd Taco Factory outpost.

Owners Justin and Ashley Draper, and Michael Tobin want to feed the community's hunger for "a healthy way of eating, with sustainable seafood, people gravitating towards seafood and less meat-focused meals, and more plant-based diets," Tobin said.

"We don't have many healthy fast-casual options, and that's why we're getting into it," he said. The restaurant will have a "build your own, West Coast hip meets East Coast vibe," he said.

Build your own dish, Chipotle style, will be the format. Marinated seafood, vegetarian and vegan options, will be combined with vegetables, rice and sauces to the customers' specifications.

The menu will be shaped by following best practices on sustainably sourced seafood. It will include fish airlifted from Hawaii and elsewhere, Tobin said, and salmon sustainably farmed in Norway.

The Drapers own Jada Blitz Training, Balance Body Foods, a meal prep business. Tobin was in marketing for a manufacturing firm. It will be their first restaurant.

Chef Vathanathavone "Tutu" Inthalasy of Kaydara Noodle Bar will help develop the menu, he said.

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