By the first week of June, Hi Tide No Coast Poke will be building bowls and cracking open canned cocktails at 2449 Larimer Street. The poke shop is replacing Americatus, which closed last summer after five years in RiNo.
Hi Tide is a collaboration between friends and entrepreneurs Melissa and Jason Krischuk, Celeste Pfeiffer, and Chris Cartwright. Pfeiffer is a personal chef who also spent time in the kitchen of Señor Bear. For this project, she’s creating recipes of build-your-own bowls with some seared fish options. A chef’s counter and bar offerings should encourage customers to sit for a while. Canned Hawaiian beer, wines, cocktails, and a frozen sake or “frake” will make up the alcoholic beverages. Pfeiffer and Melissa Krischuk hope the shop will be less fast-casual and more of a hangout.
For the combined group of owners, years of traveling to Hawaii and experience in the frozen yogurt business spawned this restaurant. When they started planning it, Denver had one poke option. Now, they say, there’s room in the packed market for a more elevated and intimate experience. “It’s not a stale, corporate environment,” Krischuk said of Hi Tide. “What this concept is is also the neighborhood and the space around it.” She and Pfeiffer are finishing the 35-seat restaurant and outdoor patio now, and Hi Tide will tentatively open on June 4.