Shipping Container Restaurant In Running For Award
A street food business in Bristol that began as a lockdown, delivery-only, pop-up last year, has been recognised in the Deliveroo Restaurant Awards.
The Bristol Post reports that Hawaiian-inspired takeaway Loki Poké was launched in March 2020 by owner Georgia Hussey, who was inspired to start the business while living in Sydney, Australia, where poké bowls are very popular.
Loki Poké started as a lockdown pop-up, but the delivery service proved popular in its first few months, allowing her to eye up her first permanent site - and Cargo at Wapping Wharf was the perfect location.
Georgia set up shop in what was formerly home to The Pickled Brisket and transformed the shipping container, many of which make up Cargo, into a ‘mini poké bar’, where customers can see their poké bowls being made in front of them, and allowing them to choose any toppings they like.
Now, a year after she launched the restaurant, Loki Poké has been shortlisted in the ‘bast sales and bowls’ category in the Deliveroo Restaurant Awards.
Georgia faces stiff competition from 18 other poké businesses across the UK, many from London and Manchester who have also received glowing reviews on the delivery service app. Voting closed on 27 September, and the winners will be revealed later this month.
Georgia said: "When I started Loki Poké it was just a lockdown side hustle. I’d post on our local community Facebook group, take orders via WhatsApp and do the deliveries myself.
“I started trading on Deliveroo in November 2020, when everything became a bit more official. And it’s grown so quickly from there.”
She added that she was ‘chuffed’ to have been nominated, and thought it was ‘mad’ that she was shortlisted from the 44,000 other restaurants who operate on Deliveroo.
“We've got some amazing loyal customers who have supported us through every stage and we’re really grateful to them,” she said.
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