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Aloha Poké Co.

Aloha Poké Co. to open new location in Harper Court on Monday, October 2

Aloha Poké Co. will open its new Hyde Park location at 5221 S. Harper Court on Monday, October 2.

Recently named “best poké” and “best gluten-free restaurant” in the Chicago Reader’s “Best of Chicago” list, Aloha Poké serves fresh, healthy, build-your-own poké bowls. Guests first choose a base of rice or mixed greens, then select from sashimi-grade tuna, salmon, or tofu – all of which can be served marinated or “naked” – and then pack on toppings like edamame, pineapple, avocado, and more, and finish with a drizzle of sauce. Customers who prefer to leave the choices to the experts can instead order from three House Bowls.

Aloha Poké also offers catering options, such as the “Sumo Bowls,” which serve 8-10 people.

The restaurant joined several other retailers for the Hyde Park Hiring Fair at Harper Court on August 1. General Manager Brett Kane said he received resumes from 60 candidates for 10 open positions, ultimately hiring two people from the event.

“It was a great way to meet people in the community and get to know the other businesses in Harper Court,” Kane noted.

With five current locations in Chicago including the West Loop French Market, Revival Food Hall, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, and Evanston, the restaurant chain is also expanding into Loyola/Rogers Park, the Magnificent Mile, Old Town, and Naperville, as well as a national expansion in Arizona; California; Colorado; Florida; Minnesota; Washington, D.C.; and Wisconsin.

“Aloha Poké Co.’s healthy poké bowls are incredibly popular and a proven success in the fast-casual dining segment,” said James Hennessy, associate vice president for commercial real estate operations for the University. “We look forward to welcoming them to Harper Court."

The Harper Court location hours are anticipated to be Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

UChicago Local to host Hyde Park Hiring Fair on Tuesday, August 1, from 12- 4 p.m. at Harper Court

Several new restaurants and shops are slated to open in Hyde Park in the coming months, and they will be looking for workers.

UChicago Local, in partnership with 4th Ward Alderman Sophia King and 5th Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston, will host a local hiring fair on Tuesday, August 1, from 12-4 p.m. at Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Court, in the 11th Floor Conference Center.

Candidates will meet hiring representatives from Akira, Aloha Poké Co., Bergstein's NY Delicatessen, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, Nella Pizza e Pasta, The Promontory, Té Amo Boba Bar, Treasure Island Foods, Vanille Patisserie, and other Hyde Park businesses.

The businesses are interested in workers with a variety of experience levels for retail/cashier, restaurant (front and back of house), administrative, and management positions.

“Staffing locally is a great way for businesses to truly become a part of the Hyde Park community, and this hiring event will be an opportunity for the many restaurants and shops to connect with talented candidates,” said Alyssa Berman-Cutler, director of Community Economic Development Initiatives in the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement.

Benjamin Rogers, manager at The Promontory, agrees. “We feel fortunate to have such a great local talent base and look forward to meeting more candidates to keep up with our growing hiring demand,” he said.

Job applicants who attend the event will receive validation for two hours of free parking at the Harper Court parking garage. The entrance is on S. Lake Park Avenue just south of McDonald’s. (A fee will be charged for more than two hours.)

Harper Court is also conveniently located near public transportation (Metra Electric to the 53rd Street Station or the 192 CTA bus). Street parking is also available.

For more information and to RSVP to the event, go to www.jobsinhydepark.com