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Chef Rodelio Aglibot is bringing his Hawaiian roots to Chicago this May with FireFin Poké Shop, an 850 sq. ft. quick-serve restaurant in the Loop. The poké shop, located at 10 S. LaSalle St., will feature healthy, Hawaiian-style poké salads and bowls.

Chef Aglibot wants to introduce Chicagoans to the Hawaiian dish that he grew up with while spreading the spirit of Aloha. Although many poké dishes feature raw fish, “poké” actually means “to cut or dice” and can be prepared with a variety of ingredients, including tofu and chicken, both of which FireFin will offer.

“FireFin will be more than just poké and seafood – we will be a destination for Chicagoans seeking a healthy and “crave-able” quick-service food experience”, states Rodelio.

The menu will consist of 8-10 composed poké bowls with varying flavor profiles as well as the option to “build your own” bowl. A typical bowl consists of a base (purple rice, gluten-free noodles, lettuce cups or garden greens) and a protein (raw tuna, salmon, tombo tuna, chicken or tofu) topped with a variety of healthy ingredients and gluten-free sauces.

Sustainable and healthy ingredients will be a focus in everything from long-ling caught ahi tuna to the sauces, which will be sugar-free. “All the sauces will be gluten-free and made in-house using honey as a natural sweetener”, states Rodelio.

FireFin intends to introduce poké to Chicago while spreading “Aloha” (meaning peace, compassion and love) in the process.

“We want to spread Aloha, treating our customers with peace, love and affection”, states Rodelio whose focus is to celebrate the love of food, ohana (family) and life.

“We want to spread Aloha, treating our customers with peace, love and affection”

Firefin Poké Shop opening in Chicago May 2016


The poké shop's name was inspired by the story of ancient Hawaiian fisherman. They would fish for tuna using handmade twine and hooks. The twine would be wrapped around their wooden paddle or anchored along shore. As the tuna ran, the twine line would tighten and cause friction against the wooden anchors or paddles causing smoke. The Hawaiian fishermen would then yell - “Ahi! Ahi! Ahi” - which means “fire”. Yellowfin tuna became known as Ahi Tuna and the name FireFin represents it’s origin story.


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