Boston’s poke wave rolled in right behind the juice wave, and in the case of Harvard Square, the second trend will replace the first. Pokéworks — which specializes in its namesake poke (pronounced poh-kay), a Hawaiian raw fish dish — secured approval from the city of Cambridge zoning board to take over the space at 1440 Massachusetts Ave. from the juicery Liquiteria, according to Cambridge Day.
Pokéworks also has locations in California, New York, Washington state, and Virginia, and the company plans to add more in a few different states. Its first Boston-area location opened in Davis Square in November 2016. Last month, a rep confirmed the chain’s hunt for a location near Harvard Square, and a tip on Twitter suggested the Liquiteria space as a possible contender.
Now, with approval from the zoning board, Pokéworks can proceed with its expansion plans. Stay tuned for further details on a timeline for the new restaurant.
Earlier this year, Harvard Square saw the turnover of another trend: Juice bar Pressed Juicery replaced a location of froyo chain Pinkberry.