NEW BRITAIN - Ichiban Express and Poke Bowl had a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday to mark its official grand opening.
The new restaurant, located at 1460 East St., near the Central Connecticut State University campus, specializes in Hawaiian poke bowls and Japanese cuisine.
Customers can choose to customize a rice bowl, sushi wrap or salad ($8.50 to $12.50) and mix in tuna, salmon, fried tofu, chicken, eel, shrimp and other protein-rich ingredients. Toppings include vegetables, herbs, spices and sauces.
A poke bowl or sushi costs $6.95 to $10.95.
The restaurant also features a hibachi menu with dinner plates including mixed vegetables, fried rice and choice of protein ($7.95 to $12.95) as well as fruit and bubble tea for $4.
Owner Zhong “Eddie” Chen also owns K’s Japanese Restaurant in Westfield, Mass.
Ichiban Express and Poke Bowl has five full-time employees, but Chen says he plans to hire more.
Mayor Erin Stewart, Economic Development Director Bill Carroll, Alderman Kristian Rosado and Alderman Daniel Davis all attended Wednesday’s ceremony.
Hours are Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday noon to 9:30 p.m.
Online ordering is available at ichibanexpressct.com or food delivery websites including GrubHub and Seamless. Orders also can be picked up at the restaurant.