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New food fad headed here

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Aloha Poké, the hot new Chicago-based Hawaiian fast-casual restaurant concept featuring raw fish bowls, is planning to open a downtown Evanston outpost in January.

Owner Zach Friedlander tells Eater he's already started demolition work to convert the 700-square-foot former Jamba Juice location at 630 Davis St. in the Chandler's building.

A 2015 Google Maps image of the 630 Davis site.

Friedlander's first location, in the French Market at the Ogilvie Transportation Center, reportedly has been drawing such crowds at lunch that people have to wait for a half hour or more.

Just this week Friedlander announced an investment in the business by Levy Family Partners as he plans a major expansion to other midwest cities and eventually the coasts.

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