Yet-another popular food cart is going brick-and-mortar (again, technically). The vegetarian-friendly, solar-powered cart Off the Griddle has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund an Off the Griddle cafe and restaurant, slated to open in Southeast Portland. According to chef/owners Ashley Arthur and Dan Harding — who opened the affiliated A.N.D. Cafe in November 2011 — the new brick-and-mortar will affectively consolidate the two concepts under one roof (highlighting both Off the Griddle's veggie burgers and the A.N.D. Cafe's waffles and breakfast dishes), with the ultimate goal of creating "the most sustainable restaurant in Portland."
According to Harding, the A.N.D. Cafe will permanently shutter in late October in anticipation of the new brick-and-mortar; Off the Griddle will (hopefully) upgrade to a roving truck capable of off-site catering. No location for the new restaurant has been announced yet, but Harding already has a projected opening date: early spring 2013.
· Off the Griddle Cafe & Restaurant [Kickstarter]
· All Previous Off the Griddle Coverage [Eater PDX]