A poke restaurant will finally open its doors in Somerville just outside Porter Square after months of preparation and a small hiccup with the building’s heating system. Manoa Poke Shop makes its grand debut at 300 Beacon St. on Saturday after one final pop-up event at Lamplighter Brewing Company Friday evening.
Manoa is the work of founders James Acer and Josiah Bonsey, who are ready to settle into their permanent home and start serving up classic Hawaiian poke dishes. The restaurant was originally slated to open shortly after Thanksgiving, but an unforeseen issue with the HVAC system in Manoa’s building put a wrench in that plan. Now, the repairs have been made and Manoa will be open starting tomorrow (5 to 9 p.m.)
Head chef Armando Leonardi oversees the menu at Manoa. Leonardi is a native of Guam and brings to the restaurant a vast knowledge of Pacific cuisine. The menu features Hawaiian-style poke, which is made with locally source seafood and comes with a range of toppings, including house-made hot sauce. In addition to fish, Manoa offers kalua pig, fried chicken, and tofu, plus items like chili rice bowls, papaya salad, sweet rolls, and more to go alongside meals.
The restaurant will seat approximately 14, and dishes are available for carry out. Eventually, Manoa will offer delivery and order-ahead options, as well as catering.
Here’s a look at every morsel you can eat at Manoa starting tomorrow:
Manoa will have reduced hours for the first week before expanding service. Starting hours are as follows: Sunday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.