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QuickFish Poke Bar to Join Crowded LoHi Seafood Market

Bamboo Sushi, inside Avanti F & B, will soon become QuickFish Poke Bar under the same ownership.
Bamboo Sushi, inside Avanti F & B, will soon become QuickFish Poke Bar under the same ownership. Danielle Lirette
Part of the mission of Avanti Food & Beverage is to act as an incubator for chefs and restaurateurs to test new food ideas without the financial commitment of going full brick-and-mortar. Bamboo Sushi, a small Portland, Oregon, outfit founded by Kristofor Lofgren, came to Avanti last summer with a menu of sustainable seafood and fun Japanese-inspired eats. After several months testing the LoHi waters, Bamboo is nearly ready to make the leap into a bigger boat, so Lofgren is introducing a new concept (new to Denver at least): QuickFish Poke Bar.

QuickFish, which debuted last December in Portland, will take over Bamboo's spot at Avanti in July. The theme of sustainable sourcing — Lofgren's restaurants are certified by the Marine Stewardship Council — will continue, only with a Hawaiian-style menu of bowls (rice, tortilla chips or mixed greens) topped with salmon, tuna, octopus or tofu. Meanwhile, Bamboo is getting ready to move to a new permanent location, at 2715 17th Street, sandwiched in between Postino LoHi and Recess Beer Garden; the new Bamboo won't open until after QuickFish, sometime in late summer.

Lower Highland is already swimming in sushi and other seafood options; Mizu Izakaya, our Best Japanese Restaurant winner, opened last December, joining Ohana Island Kitchen, winner of our Best Fast-Casual Concept, in part for its killer poke. Also in the neighborhood is Sushi Ronin, which won our Best Sushi Bar award this year.
click to enlarge Bamboo Sushi, inside Avanti F & B, will soon become QuickFish Poke Bar under the same ownership. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Bamboo Sushi, inside Avanti F & B, will soon become QuickFish Poke Bar under the same ownership.
Danielle Lirette

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