Owner hopes to retool space after Main Street Poke closes


Main Street Poke served its final customers Oct. 2, but owner Dave Tang is not finished serving Carmel restaurant customers at the location.

“We have really enjoyed serving the Carmel community the past five years but have struggled to make ends meet with rising food and labor costs this past year,” Tang said. “It was very touching the past week for so many of our regulars and fans who made sure to come by for one last time and to also say thanks to our staff. I know they appreciated those visits very much.”

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Tang said he has time left on Main Street Poke’s lease at 110 W. Main St., Suite 106.

“I am looking to bring a different concept to that same space as I believe the location on Main Street is a great one,” he said. “(I am) looking forward to announcing future plans soon.”

Tang said he developed Main Street Poke from scratch based on poke restaurants he enjoyed in the San Francisco Bay Area. Poke is a diced raw fish dish from Hawaiian cuisine.

Tang owns the Vitality Bowls franchise at Sophia Square in the Carmel Arts & Design District. The company is based in Danville, Calif.

“In 2015 when we opened, we were the first non-California location in the country,” he said. “I am the sole owner of Vitality Bowls, and after renewing my Vitality Bowls franchise agreement and also extending my lease at Sophia Square, I intend to continue operating Vitality Bowls for the next decade.”

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Vitality Bowls owner Dave Tang pauses with his wife Irene. (Photo courtesy of Dave Tang)

Prior to moving to Carmel full time in 2018, Tang and his wife, Irene, lived in San Ramon, Calif., outside San Francisco. They raised two daughters who are now in their own careers.

In California, Tang was a practicing real estate broker for 25 years with an emphasis on residential real estate investing for clients.

“In 2010, I began looking for out-of-state opportunities, and after researching various cities was convinced the Indianapolis area had tremendous potential for above-average growth and began coming out to Indiana more and more frequently,” he said. “Today, I build primarily new construction homes in downtown Indianapolis as well as a few in the Meridian Kessler and Broad Ripple areas.”