Uncle Sharkii Poke Bar makes a splash in Arizona with multi-unit franchise deal


The new set of units marks the first time the Hawaiian poke franchise will enter the Grand Canyon State!

Phoenix, Arizona (RestaurantNews.com) Uncle Sharkii Poke Bar is officially making a splash in the Grand Canyon state thanks to a multi-unit deal with new franchise partners Arlene and Janette Carvajal.

New franchisees are more than just business partners, they are also sisters. “I’m thrilled with this new path I’ve taken with Uncle Sharkii,” said Arlene Carvajal. “With the help of Uncle Sharkii’s team, along with my sister, I hope to operate 3, if not more, successful poke bars.”

Uncle Sharkii Poke Bar makes a splash in Arizona with multi-unit franchise deal
Arlene Carvajal

Originally from Livermore, California, Arlene Carvajal is a successful entrepreneur, traveler and tattoo artist. “As a freelance tattoo artist, I love the freedom that comes with it and enjoy the free time it gives me with my family,” said Arlene Carvajal. “The franchise opportunity was the perfect fit for me because it offers the flexibility I love and the freedom I value while being backed by a strong concept, model and franchisor.” Arlene Carvajal also co-owns a trucking business in Livermore and a tattoo shop located in Casa Grande, Arizona.

Uncle Sharkii Poke Bar makes a splash in Arizona with multi-unit franchise deal
Jeannette Carvajal

Janette Carvajal is a graduate in economics from San Jose State University and has spent the past 15 years in a variety of fields. Although she has experienced many different roles in her life, Janette Carvajal is now ready to explore her next adventure as a business co-owner with her sister, she says. “With the support of the Uncle Sharkii family, I’m ready to give my best to the whole company and I’m excited about what’s to come,” said Janette Carvajal.

The duo will open three units over the next few months. The team points out that it was by chance that the team was inspired to open a Hawaiian Poke concept.

For Arlene Carvajal, Uncle Sharkii Poke Bar is the answer to a long-awaited vision she first had in 2018. “When I moved to Livermore, there wasn’t a single poke bar restaurant,” remembers Arlene Carvajal. “I was willing to drive 40 miles just to get stung, which I did for the record. I thought ‘why not open one myself?'” The agreement was signed by the Carvajal team in June 2022.

The QSR poke concept continued to experience a high rate of expansion in 2022, with additional sites in various stages of development for Texas, Utah, Hawaii, Nevada and California. For more information on how to become the next Uncle Sharkii Poke Bar® Franchisee, visit their website at www.unclesharkii.com.

About Uncle Sharkii Poke Bar®

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area of ​​Northern California, Uncle Sharkii® stands as one of the fastest growing Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) poke concepts today, serving its SIGNATURE HAWAIIAN ™ poke bowls, its Boba milk teas and Dole Soft Serve® . The company is actively expanding in the United States and internationally and invites those interested to visit their franchise page for more information: www.unclesharkii.com.

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