Cheeky Poké Bar Brisbane City – Opening Soon
When the poké craze struck Brisbane with full force a few years back, it was Cheeky Poké Bar that helped cement it as more than just a passing fad. Since first opening at Newstead’s Haven precinct in 2017, owner Sam Demetriou and his family have built the brand gradually, opening a quick-service location in West End and a commercial-kitchen-meets-express-outlet in Greenslopes. The brand, which has favoured considered growth over rapid expansion, is set to have a massive 2020, with not one, but two new full-service locations currently in the works across town. The first location is currently taking shape in the heart of Westfield Garden City’s bustling dining precinct, and is set to be a full-size location much like its Newstead sibling. The 110-seater venue – on track for a mid-April opening – will boast an oasis resort vibe conceived by designer team Archie Bolden and installed by hospitality construction specialists DCB Developments. The second Cheeky Poké location on the cards will open as part of the forthcoming Ulster Lane redevelopment in early August, with a raw, concrete-heavy fit-out anchoring the rear of the strip. Cheeky Poké won’t be the only operation Sam is bringing to Ulster Lane, with a coffee-shop concept slated to open half way along the laneway. As for the Cheeky menu, Sam is planning to launch the Garden City location with a new cocktail selection, and will also be bolstering the menus with a vegan-friendly soup offering and haloumi bowls, while expanding the protein selection to include scallops. We’ll have a closer look at these locations once they are open. Stay tuned!