One Fish Two Fish: A Poke Joint is bringing Hawaiian cuisine to Carrboro this March, replacing the former Tom+Chee restaurant at 370 E. Main St.
Owner Scott Kleczkowski said he fell in love with poke, a popular Hawaiian dish, a couple of years ago and wanted to bring the dish to the area.
“By definition, it’s a raw fish salad,” Kleczkowski said. “It really is Hawaiian street food. Traditionally the fishermen get the fish off the boat, chop it up, throw it over rice — it’s kind of what they would snack on.
Kleczkowski said he thinks this concept will do really well in the area.
"It's wildly popular in Hawaii and it’s gotten big on the West Coast and up in New York," he said. "It’s just not a dish that’s come to the Southeast yet,” he said.
Patti Benedict, a partner and leasing manager for Main Street Properties in Chapel Hill, said she thinks the new restaurant will be a great fit in the community.
“Having a new and exciting concept is always a great draw,” she said. “This is a community that appreciates all types of food, which I love. So when we are considering new concepts, we certainly look for something that is unique, not just to our shopping center, but to our community.”
Jacqueline Chang, a first-year graduate student at UNC, said she is from California where poke has taken off recently.