Roka Akor Chooses Sani-Spire for Sleek Look and Branding

“People say they’re really cool. They ask where we found them.” – Ben Udovich, Roka Akor Regional Manager 

It is not often that a sushi restaurant will be named both Best Sushi Restaurant in the U.S. (Travel + Leisure) AND among the Top 10 Steakhouses (Crain’s Chicago Business). But Roka Akor, with six locations across the United States, is not your typical or traditional sushi restaurant. And when it wanted to promote hand hygiene during the COVID-19 pandemic, it turned to a solution that was as every bit as game-changing as its innovative menu and distinctive sleek restaurant design.

Roka Akor brought in the Sani-Spire® free-standing sanitizer unit that offers patrons contact-free hand sanitization with its foot pedal operation. Prior to Sani-Spire, Roka Akor used hand sanitization dispensers with electronic sensors.

“Hand hygiene and the safety of our staff and customers are obviously of paramount importance to us,” said Roka Akor regional manager Ben Udovich. “Something would always go wrong with the sensor dispensers… The hand sanitizer itself was not the quality we wanted; they were slimy or smelled bad.” 

Sani-Spire founders Steve Cadkin and Mike Zambon began manufacturing the patented high-end hand sanitizer dispensers when the country began to go into shutdown mode. The entrepreneurs recognized the importance of hand hygiene and saw a void in the market for a hand sanitizer dispenser system that was contact free, and literally a step ahead of other hand sanitizer systems. 

Sani-Spire comes with several benefits built in, Udovich noted. It doesn’t need batteries. It is not going to rust. It works in all weather, so it’s good for the long-term. We use quite a bit of sanitizer and our staff likes that the sanitizer itself smells good and dries really quickly. It is reasonably priced, and you get a lot of uses; you don’t see people needing to step on the pedal three, four or five times.”

Plus, it looks good. “We ordered them for all our locations,” said Udovich, “including San Francisco, Arizona and Houston. The Sani-Spire tower fits with our minimalist and clean restaurant design. It’s not an eyesore. It’s very sleek and because the towers can be customized; we can add our logo and further promote our brand.” 

Since the introduction of the Sani-Spire system, Udovich said, “Customers are using them regularly. We have them in all the key spots: near the entrance hallway, near restrooms and in the dining room. We placed them in our most prominent locations because they look good.”

Udovich has recommended Sani-Spire to other companies that would benefit from installing the durable dispenser towers on their outdoor job sites.

Try out Sani-Spire® and sample some of Chicago’s best sushi and traditional Japanese robata grilling at Roka Akor’s Oak Brook location, 166 Oakbrook Center, or its other two locations in Chicago and Old Orchard.