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Poke Burri restaurant to occupy former Le Petit Zinc space in Midtown


Poke Burri is replacing Le Petit Zinc in the Strathmore Apartments building in Detroit's Midtown neighborhood.


Poke Burri is replacing Le Petit Zinc in the Strathmore Apartments building in Detroit's Midtown neighborhood.

Poke Burri replaces Le Petit Zinc in the Strathmore Apartments building. Some of its food concepts include sushi dishes shaped like doughnuts, pizza and corndogs.

The Atlanta-based sushi restaurant that creates things like sushi pizza, sushi corn dogs and sushi doughnuts in addition to its poke bowls and sushi burritos, is leasing about 900 square feet in the rehabilitated building, said Seven Chan, who co-owns the restaurant along with Ken Yu.

Mohamad Atwi of Dearborn is on board as an owner-operator, Chan said.

Chan said the restaurant will have 15 to 30 seats on the inside and about 20 to 25 seats on outdoor patio space when it opens in late summer or early fall. He anticipates build-out will cost less than $100,000 and annual revenue to be at least $750,000.

Hours will tentatively be 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and closed on Sundays.

"Detroit has been really growing and going through a lot of changes," Chan said. "We see a lot of young people in the city and we see a city that's progressing into cooler food, rather than chains that everyone knows."

The local office of Colliers International Inc. and Atlanta-based Trowbridge Realty worked on the lease. Chan said contractors such as a designer and construction team have been selected but declined to identify them.

Atlanta-based Poke Burri is slated to bring its concept that includes sushi doughnuts, sushi pizza and sushi corndogs to Midtown in the late summer or early fall.

Le Petit Zinc closed last month after a little over a year in the Strathmore, which is at 70 W. Alexandrine St. at Woodward Avenue. The building has undergone a $28 million redevelopment. It was redeveloped by Midtown Detroit Inc. and St. Louis-based McCormack Baron Salazar.

Prior to the Midtown location, it had been in the Corktown neighborhood west of downtown for close to a decade.

News that Poke Burri was searching for a Detroit location was first reported in October by Eater Detroit and the Detroit Free Press.