Pono Ono Poke
- Location(s): Evanston, IL
Pono Ono is a fresh new Poke concept in Evanston, IL developed by Jack & Hale Demar. The client had a clear vision of a space that felt modern and minimalist while projecting a warm and inviting atmosphere that would accommodate an extensive collection of greenery. Located in a 2,100 square foot former flower shop, the design was constrained by large concrete columns that resist the natural flow of a restaurant. We decided to feature all of the existing exposed concrete structure while adding rich wood textures and throughout. The centerpiece is a 13-foot long communal table with a blackened steel support structure and a natural oak wood top. This structure wraps around the column and provides a “ceiling” frame where a varied collection of hanging planters hang.