NWI Business Ins and Outs: A Simple Greek Ends; Opening of Poke Bros, Chick and Shake, Bean Me Up Roastery, Naf Naf Grill, Domino’s and JEM MedSpa | Northwest Indiana Commercial Securities


Poke Bros is bringing “sushi in a bowl” to Schererville and Crown Point.

The chain specializing in the Hawaiian dish of poke, or diced raw fish, plans to open soon at 813 W. Lincoln Highway in Schererville and 10543 Broadway in Crown Point.

The fast-casual restaurant has about 20 locations in Chicagoland, mostly in the suburbs. It was founded in Columbus, Ohio in 2016 and uses a Chipotle-style casual dining assembly line where customers can build their own poke bowls.

Poke Bros has expanded across the Midwest and East Coast as poke has grown in popularity in recent years.

Diners can order poke bowls like the Johnny Utah, which mixes salmon with avocado, edamame, cucumber, masago, sriracha aioli and OG sauce, or Da Kine, which mixes marinated tuna with sweet onion, seaweed salad, green onion, ponzu, masago and OG sauce

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Protein options include shrimp, spicy salmon, spicy tuna, chicken, and spicy chicken. It is served on a base of mesclun or white, brown or sushi rice.

Other ingredients include jalapenos, carrots, corn pineapple, tofu, crab sticks, soy sauce, crushed cashews, tempura flakes, crispy onions, wonton chips, toasted coconut or sesame seeds.

It also offers sides, kids’ bowls, and mochi ice cream in flavors like green tea, Belgian chocolate, and Thai tea.

Poke Bros typically offers dine-in, takeout, and delivery through third-party apps like Uber Eats or DoorDash, which vary by location.

For more information, visit eatpokebros.com.

Firm

Simple Greek, a fast-casual Greek restaurant that allowed customers to customize pita or bowl orders, closed on Wednesday after five years at the Centennial Village shopping center in Munster, offering free fries to its last customers.

The restaurant at 9611 Calumet Ave. aimed to be the Chipotle of Greek cuisine, offering a variety of customizable options. It served gyros, chicken gyros, and chicken or steak bowls that could be topped with hummus, feta cheese, green beans, black olives, cucumbers, and red onions. Also had lemon rice soup, greek fries and baklava.

Opening

A Simple Greek will be replaced by Chick and Shake, a new concept from the same owners offering chicken, fried chicken sandwiches and milkshakes.

It is expected to open in the same space in October. The first restaurant of its kind could end up becoming a chain if it succeeds.

Coming soon

Twin Peaks-inspired Bean Me Up roaster is coming to the centenary village of Munster.

The coffee roaster brews hand-roasted coffee that is brewed to order and described as “very good”. It also serves “so good it’s a crime” pie.

Fans of David Lynch’s quirky and often macabre murder mystery, Twin Peaks, may recall that Agent Dale Cooper likes the combination of coffee and pie.

“Well, it all started when we were watching the amazing show ‘Twin Peaks’. Agent Cooper had just drank cup after cup of damn good coffee, which inspired us to continue our own quest for a damn good cup. of equivalent coffee,” the owners said online. “After searching and searching to no avail, we decided to give it a shot ourselves.

Bean Me Up Roastery currently sells its coffee beans and pies online. The pies are named after planets and the coffee beans are named after pop culture references like Kopi’s Light, Savage Planet and Pillars of Midsommar.

He plans to open a cafe and dessert shop in the mixed-use Centennial Village next month. A grand opening is tentatively scheduled for October 20, but the company warns that date could change.

For more information, visit beanmeuproastery.comcall 708-669-3417 or email [email protected]

Open

Naf Naf Grill now serves Middle Eastern cuisine in shops in Schererville on Main.

The fast-casual chain that has a strong presence in the Chicago metro area has taken over the former Q-BBQ space in the Indianapolis Boulevard and Main Street mall, just south of the Highlands border and just across east of the city limits of Munster.

The new restaurant at 79 US 41 sells pitas and bowls. They can be customized with proteins like chicken shwarma, steak or falafel and ingredients like couscous, hummus, harissa sauce, tahini or Basmati rice. It has sides like fries and lentil soup.

Named after the Middle Eastern phrase “to fan the flame” that invites people to share a meal, Naf Naf Grill started in Naperville in 2009. It now has locations in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota , Wisconsin, Ohio, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

He owns several restaurants in the city of Chicago, usually in areas with heavy foot traffic.

It is open from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

For more information, visit nafnafgrill.com or call 219-227-8153.

Coming soon

Domino’s continues its relentless march through northwest Indiana, aiming to open its latest location in Munster.

The Ann Arbor, Michigan-based pizza chain, the world’s largest by sales volume, is building a location on Main Street in Munster. It’s in the new mall anchored by Anytime Fitness and Nutrition on Main.

Domino’s is now hiring at the site, where it already has a row of delivery vehicles ready to go in the parking lot.

Open

JEM MedSpa Munster recently opened in Centennial Village.

The medical spa chain also has locations in Orland Park and Elmhurst.

It offers services such as botox, facials, chemical peels, dermal filler, body sculpting, laser skin rejuvenation, waxing hair restoration, microneedling, skin tightening and vampire facelifts.

JEM MedSpa is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

There will be a grand opening event from September 26 to October 1 with goody bags, special botox prizes, and a raffle for two grand prizes. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place with the Munster Chamber of Commerce at 1 p.m. on September 28.

For more information, call 219-249-0777, visit jemmedspa.com or find the business on Facebook or Instagram.

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