Biz Buzz: March 2018

. March 5, 2018.

Poke Fish Offers Fast Seafood Option
Poke Fish has opened at 3500 Washtenaw Ave. in the shopping center on the south side of Washtenaw across from Arborland. The casual eatery offers poke bowls, sushiritos (think sushi burritos) and ramen. Poke (Hawaiian for “to section” or “to slice or cut”) is a raw fish salad served as an appetizer or main course Hawaiian cuisine.

Two Jerks Records Closing
The Ypsilanti purveyor of classic vinyl records is closing due to complications after the store was flooded by a broken pipe. The store, open since 2014, announced its closing in a February Facebook post thanking everyone who helped him make his “lifelong dream of owning a record store”possible.

Ricewood Barbecue Opens Inside Morgan & York
The popular food truck that garnered much success parked in the Morgan & York parking lot off Packard is now building a permanent space inside the popular wine and cheese shop. The menu will be identical to what was served from the food truck, but there will be additional seating available and the Chamorro-style dishes will be available year-round. In addition, the original Ricewood food truck will be converted to PoCai (still parked outside M & Y), and will serve poke bowls, acai smoothie bowls and offerings like banana-chia seed toast. A second truck is also in the works, slated to open in April called Kumite that will offer Pacific-Islander Cuisine.

Dolores Mexican Restaurant Opens After Long Wait
Dolores, run by husband and wife Andrew Epstein and Marcela Rubio, has opened at 6 S. Washington St., the former home of the Elbow Room in downtown Ypsi. It offers authentic Mexican specialties including tacos, tostadas, flautas, and a variety of mezcal and tequila.

Friend’s Closet Closing
The vintage thrift and consignment shop at 731 W. Cross St. in Ypsilanti has shut its doors, but owner Tay Doss is looking to open up a gallery space.

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