Pokeworks is speeding up its adoption of new technology amid the new realities created by the coronavirus. The Irvine, Calif.-based poke concept is considering shifting its operations from an assembly line format to one in which customers choose their ingredients from a photographic menu board, said Mike Wu, founder and CEO. The 52-unit chain is also looking at adding touchless self-ordering kiosks. Pokeworks sales grew by 77% last year, thanks to robust unit growth.

LocationIrvine, Calif.
2019 Systemwide Sales ($000,000)$49*
YOY Sales Change77.1%
2019 U.S. Units50
YOY Unit Change56.3%
2019 Average Unit Volume ($000)$1,210*
Future 50 Year2020
FranchisingYes
*Technomic estimate

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