Just Poké co-founders Danny Brawer and Norman Wu made the cut for 425 Magazine’s 2018 30 Under 30.

“This year’s 30 Under 30 competition opened our eyes to so many ambitious, goal-oriented, and passionate Eastsiders that we had a hard time selecting the honorees. There was a 16-year-old high school student whose technology startup is rapidly gaining ground. There was a TV reporter who knew who she wanted to be even as she left the former Soviet Union with her family at age 5. And then there was the SoulCycle instructor who is so beloved by his students that 19 of them felt motivated to nominate him — more than any previous nominee in the history of our competition. After much debate, we landed on what we felt was the best of the best. So now we present to you: the 2018 class of 30 Under 30 honorees.”

Danny Brawer, 28

Co-Owner, Just Poké

Residence
Mercer Island
Hometown
Mercer Island
Education
University of California Davis, Bachelors Degree in Economics and Political Science
First job
Recruiter
Hobbies
Sports, cooking, and traveling
Favorite podcast
“Serial”
Millennial Myth Pet Peeve
“The idea that millennials job hop more than other generations.”

Danny Brawer opened his first location of Just Poké in Kirkland in 2016 alongside his elementary school friend and now roommate Norman Wu. Eating clean, acting right, and living well is the foundation that this duo built their business on. They have expanded to eight locations on the Eastside, all while providing sustainably sourced fish and compostable materials. “I often tell my team that Washington is not just a place for us to do business, but a home to take care of,” Brawer shared. When he isn’t hustling at Just Poké, Brawer enjoys exploring other countries — so far he has visited more than 50.  — SS

Norman Wu, 28

Co-Owner, Just Poké

Residence
Mercer Island
Hometown
Seattle
Education
University of Washington,  Bachelors Degree in International Business
First job
Nordstrom
Hobbies
Cooking, traveling, tea ceremony
Favorite podcast
“Masters of Scale”
Millennial Myth Pet Peeve
“The myth that millennials are self-absorbed”

Norman Wu is half of the dynamic duo that is the ownership of the expanding Eastside fast-casual restaurant Just Poké. Growing up within many cultures, Wu was exposed to various cuisines at a young age. Wu loves how food can bring joy and community to people of all cultures.  The opening of Just Poké in 2016 with childhood best friend Danny Brawer is what Wu would say is “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pursue a lifelong dream.” In the next decade, Wu hopes to become a professor at the University of Washington to teach a class focused on practical conceptualization, entrepreneurship, and diversity. — SS