What do Latin Students Think of Aloha Poké?

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Ashna Satpathy As I’m sure most of you know by now, Aloha Poké has opened right down the street from Latin, and many Latin students, me included, are loving it. If you don’t know, the anatomy of a poké bowl is essentially rice, your choice of raw fish (marinated or not), any topping you may want, a sauce of your choice, and boom, there you have it, a healthy and delicious meal. When I think of what Latin students go to Aloha Poké, I’d say they are mostly female. I talked to someone that works there, who is named James Fouser, to get some more information about the demographics. It should come as no surprise that Mr. Fouser said they get a big rush of Latin students around 11:30-12:30. Whether influx is mostly female of male, Fouser says the staff  “notices a lot of both..A lot of females to come in and some boys from The Latin School have been coming here. I’ve noticed the same groups coming multiple times.” Outside of Latin, ”there’s a lot of the neighborhood folks that still come in, so a lot of older people that you would be more surprised by. A lot of females to come in and being next to the gym gives us a lot of fitness people so we get a good variety of everyone.” I also talked to a couple of students at Latin on the topic. Freshman Rachel Schofield says, “I like Aloha because it’s something different around the school aside from the usual Chipotle or Potbellys. I feel like it’s sort of a given that a new food place that’s quick and also offers really good food will get a lot of people. Personally, I have only seen (Latin) girls here because it’s a very aesthetically pleasing and Instagram-worthy type feel, which I think a lot of girls like.” Another freshman, Bea Parr, gave her input about what she thinks about the place and the demographics: “I like Aloha Poké because it tastes really good and I like fish a lot. It definitely has more of a female clientele because I think girls are really drawn to the aesthetics of the place and how everything is really pretty.” A male student also said, “I’ve never personally had it, but the thought of raw fish is really unsettling. I think boys may be opposed to going because the way it is marketed is in kind of an artsy and feminine way.” Perhaps the reason teenage boys choose not to come to Aloha is it’s too girly-with the pink chairs, neon signs, and palm tree decorated walls. Regardless, whether it be the tasty food or Instagram worthy-ness, Aloha Poké has created a raw fish craze that is rapidly spreading through Latin. No matter who you are or what you identify as, it’s safe to say giving Aloha Poké a try wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world. Who knows, you might even find your new favorite lunch spot. ]]>