Photo by: Meghan Ralston- Left: Mico & Right: Nile
Hi we’re Nile and Mico. We both grew up with a love of all things food, and a desire to create something bigger than us. Upon graduating college from The Ohio State University and The University of Toledo we put into motion a vision we have always had the entrepreneurial inspiration to create, a restaurant! Hai Poké is a direct reflection of our passion for creating experiences for friends and family while offering something new and unique to the City of Columbus. Hai Poké is a perfect balance of our love for service and food with our business and marketing experience.
“As a server and restaurant worker for many years I love facilitating and creating experiences for people that change a meal from an ordinary experience into a memory.” – Nile Woodson
Our vision for Hai Poké is to serve Authentic Island Inspired Street Foods. As a pop up kitchen at Oddfellows Liquor Bar in the Short North in our first month, we have received amazing feedback from our true supporters, family, friends, and the City of Columbus.
photos by: Alissa Ohashi
Your support will help us to grow our passion into a brick and mortar home, which will allow us to expand to our true potential. Having a home will allow Hai Poké to serve more people our healthy prepared dishes. Supporting us is supporting Columbus because it creates an open and connected community environment creating community, an open and connected environment, and brings a fresh and exciting concept to Columbus
We are raising $10,000 to help us find and secure a location and we will use the funds to design the most optimal and fun Poké restaurant.
We are really excited to make Poké a more pesonal experience by bringing it to your home or eventspace. With our private event offering you have the ability to host a party wth your favorite food.
Photos by: Alissa Ohashi
We are also very proud to release a limited edition shirt and hoodie in our swag pack. These items will be made by local clothing company .FreeClothingCo.
This is a partnership we are proud to announce, and if you wear either piece of apparel when you order our food you instantly get $1 off your purchase.
We are 100% committed to opening a brick and mortar location for Hai Poké. In the long run we will require more than $10,000 dollars to get this baby up and running but the money we raise will give us a huge advantage moving forward. That being said, if we fall short of our goal, any money we do raise will still give us the ability to streamline our popup technique, hire some more help, and add some catering services while we scout for a home for Hai Poké.
Supporting us is supporting Columbus, creating change, and creating value in all our lives! We are changing how people feel about risk through a new but familiar food that people will be able to support and gravitate towards.
This is all new to us but we are extremely passionate and energetic when it comes to our vision of a restaurant. So far our pop ups at Oddfellows have been quite successful; everyone loves our dish and the experience that goes along with it, and the feedback has been very positive. We have been featured in newspapers around Columbus as the new kids on the block.
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