September 2021 Who doesn’t love flavorful and FAST food without sacrificing healthy and FRESH? If you’re looking for a new locally owned and operated food establishment to add to your weekly lunch or dinner rotation, be sure to try Harmony Poké & Bubble Tea in Clay Terrace—formerly a Starbucks location. Many locals may recognize successful restauranteurs Ren Yang and his wife, Lin Guo. The couple once managed Koto Japanese Steakhouse in Carmel before they began building their expansive brand of restaurants and eateries throughout the greater metro area. Most recently, Yang and Guo opened Harmony Steak House in Whitestown, Indiana. As residents of the northside, the couple has decided to reestablish their brand in Carmel, Indiana, with the recent opening of Harmony Poké & Bubble Tea in Clay Terrace. Growing a Family Owned-Operated Dynasty Their dedication to the highest standards of food and customer service is what drives Yang and Guo’s success. They opened two of their restaurants (Meet Noodles and Tsaocaa Indy) in the Castleton area in 2018 and 2019 and Harmony Steak House in Whitestown in 2020. While each location offers a different dining experience, customers will easily recognize the attention to detail regarding the location’s ambiance, fresh ingredients and exceptional customer service standards. “Every one of our locations is different from the others, but there are ‘signature’ elements that connect them so that you know it’s one of our stores or restaurants,” Yang shared. “We are focusing on expanding our Harmony brand so that if you think of sushi, poke or hibachi, you’ll thinking of Harmony as one of your local options for dining.”In addition to the recent grand opening of Harmony Poké & Bubble Tea, Yang shared that he and his wife, Lin, are planning on opening additional poke and bubble tea as well as hibachi/steakhouse locations in the Fishers and Whitestown communities in the not-so-distant-future. They are also meeting with Indianapolis Airport executives on a potential expansion in the airport’s food court. Express Lunch or Dinner Without Compromising Quality Harmony Poké and Bubble Tea will offer its guests a streamlined and interactive approach to ordering quality food. Similar in concept to ordering at Chipotle Mexican Grill, guests will order their food and drinks and watch their meals and beverages being prepared while they add their favorite flavors and/or toppings.The menu boasts a variety of dishes, bubble teas and other flavorful beverages to satisfy a variety of specific tastes and dietary preferences. Vegetarian options are also available. So, whether it’s meeting for lunch and enjoying a poke bowl served with superb ingredients such as sushi rice, veggies and salmon, or ordering carryout and taking home one of Harmony’s signature dishes—spicey ginger chicken—or meeting up after school or after dinner for a creamy, hand-crafted avocado milkshake, dragon fruit smoothie or Fragrans Oolong Tea garnished with delicious fresh fruit, Harmony Poké & Bubble Tea offers the highest-quality ingredients available. What Is Bubble Tea? If you haven’t already experienced the delectable beverage known as bubble tea, you are missing out!Bubble tea, also known as boba milk tea or boba tea, is a cold, frothy drink made with a tea base shaken with flavors, sweeteners and/or milk with tapioca pearls at the base of the drink. Yang shared that it originated in Taiwan and is becoming even more popular throughout the U.S. Yang added, “We make sure that all of the ingredients that we use are as close to the authentic ingredients from Taiwan as possible. We also make sure we use good, quality teas to mix with.”Harmony Poké & Bubble Tea offers several different bubble tea options along with a variety of fresh smoothies and yogurt milkshakes with more than 20 topping options. Hands-On Ownership Is Key Just as Yang and Guo oversee every element in the designing of each of their locations and in the selection of quality ingredients and staff, the couple is incredibly “hands-on” with each of their locations and visits them on a daily basis to ensure that their standards are being met and that their customers are enjoying their dining experiences.“We focus on finding the right people to run our locations, and we make sure that we are available to resolve any issues that may come up,” Yang said. “We want to make sure that each location looks good in our eyes and in our customers’ eyes.” Yang emphasized that it is important to him and his wife that their customers feel welcome and enjoy their meals in a clean and relaxing environment. Guests will enjoy the completely remodeled interior of Harmony Poké & Bubble Tea. Its warm and inviting, contemporary yet cozy, decor creates a place to enjoy a quick and healthy meal in a relaxing environment. With convenience being another factor that Yang and Guo offer their customers, the couple is in the process of developing a “Harmony” app—for both Android and Apple users—that will allow customers to find a location near them, view the menus, order online and order gift cards as well. The app will also include a “rewards” program as a giveback to loyal customers. The app is expected to launch this October. Now Open Harmony Poké & Bubble Tea is opening at the end of August. Each dish and beverage brings an array of flavor and fun to the dining experience. So, if you’re looking for a delicious lunch or dinner in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere, come out and try Harmony Poké & Bubble Tea and help us welcome Ren and Lin back to the community!For more information, hours of operation and to view the full menu, visit harmonypokebubbletea.com.Be sure to follow Harmony Poké & Bubble Tea on Facebook, Instagram and Yelp. Hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Harmony Poké & Bubble Tea is in Clay Terrace at 14490 Clay Terrace Blvd., Suite 120, Carmel, IN 46032.