A new eatery is bringing a trendy taste to downtown Rochester.

Yum Poke is gearing up to start serving the popular Hawaiian-style poke rice bowls and other fresh fare at 9 Third Ave. NW in the Kahler Inn & Suites building. That’s the 1,100-square-foot space that last housed a Freshens franchise, next to Jimmy John’s sandwich shop.

The leasing deal for Yum Poke was brokered by Darci Fenske, of Paramark Real Estate.

Poke bowls typically feature raw fish, like ahi tuna, with rice and vegetables. Manager Ming Jia said the new restaurant will offer a selection of offerings that can be customized.

“This trend is for everyone who wants to eat healthier,” he said. “Poke bowls offer more flavor than salads and many choices.”

Jia says he hopes to open the doors and start serving in early July.

While the new restaurant will have seating for about 30, pick-up for lunch and dinner by downtown workers from Mayo Clinic and other businesses is expected to be the core of customer traffic.

Yum Poke will have three on staff, when it opens the doors.

Jeff Kiger tracks business action in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota every day in Heard on the Street. Send tips to jkiger@postbulletin.com or via Twitter to @whereskiger. You can call him at 285-7798.

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Jeff has worked at newspapers as a reporter, columnist, editor, photographer and copy editor since 1992. He started at the Post Bulletin in 1999. Kiger is the PB's business reporter and writes a daily column, "Heard on the Street."