Poke concept Pacific Counter will soon open its first Tampa location

The new poke spot is slated to open sometime next month.

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click to enlarge The inside of St. Pete's flagship Pacific Counter. - Nicole Abbett
Nicole Abbett
The inside of St. Pete's flagship Pacific Counter.
In late 2019, popular poke bowl concept Pacific Counter opted to open its second location in Lakewood Ranch instead of Tampa.

Almost three years later, the fast casual restaurant finally makes its way across the bridge to 1732 S. Dale Mabry Hwy., where its debut Tampa location will open sometime in March, according to a press release.

The fast casual restaurant is known for its expansive menu of build-your-own poke bowls, sushi burritos, Asian and Hawaiian-inspired hot dogs, Spam musubi, fresh juices and kombucha, and the Disney-famous Dole whip ice cream.

After next month’s grand opening, Pacific Counter will share a bustling South Tampa plaza with neighbors Woody’s Famous Salads and the newly-opened Crumbl Cookies.

Pacific Counter’s flagship location debuted on St. Pete’s Central Avenue in 2018, and has remained one of the 600 Block’s core restaurants, alongside Colony Grill and The Lure. Its second location in Lakewood Ranch opened in spring 2020, but the fast casual spot also slings hot dogs and poke bowls out of small stand inside of Tropicana Field during baseball season.

According to TBBJ, additional locations of Pacific Counter are headed to Sarasota and downtown Tampa—although construction delays have indefinitely pushed back the latter. Its downtown Tampa storefront—being built at the corner of North Ashley Drive and West Tyler Street—was originally slated to open last summer.
For the latest information on Pacific Counter's upcoming South Tampa location, give its Facebook or Instagram a follow at @pacific_counter. After next month's debut, it will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

The soon-to-open Pacific Counter is currently hiring various team members; interested folks can apply directly on its website.

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Kyla Fields

Kyla Fields is the Managing Editor of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay who started their journey at CL as summer 2019 intern. They are the proud owner of a charming, sausage-shaped, four-year-old rescue mutt named Piña.
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