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Koibito Poke announced today that they are officially a franchise company. Hailing from Arizona, the fast-casual poke concept struck a deal with True Capital Partners LLC, one of the most successful franchise development groups in the industry.
A press release notes that the franchise sales agreement promises Koibito Poke’s growth over the next five years into at least 300 stores across eight states, including California. True Capital Partners’ development schedule plans for the first 120 stores over the next two years and based on these numbers, it’s likely that the Bay Area market is due for some of these openings.
Koibito Poke was founded in 2018 by former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Todd Stottlemyre. Stottlemyre has helped expand Koibito Poke throughout Arizona, which boasts four locations throughout Phoenix, Chandler, and Scottsdale.
Koibito means “love” in Japanese and part of Koibito Poke’s mission is to encourage guests to love their bodies by fueling it with clean, healthy food that tastes good and builds the body. The restaurant offers a “build-a-bowl” experience, in which guests select from a series of fresh, high-quality bases, proteins, toppings, and house made sauces to build a meal that suits their own tastes and dietary needs.
For those who are new to the concept, Koibito offers Signature Bowls such as their namesake “Koibito Bowl,” which features salmon, Hawaiian tuna, and regular tuna mixed in Sriracha aioli topped with cilantro, edamame, cucumber, seaweed salad, and sesame seeds. They also have a “Chicken & Shrimp Bowl,” which is mixed in Sriracha aioli and champagne butter, then topped with cucumber, edamame, red onion, and shaved brussel sprouts.