Next Wednesday, Nov. 12, New Seasons is unveiling its 15th store, located in the newly built Grant Park Village mixed-used development in Northeast Portland. But this one is going to have something none of the other locations have: a juice and toast bar.
Totally "on-trend," New Seasons' toast is built on a new bread they developed specifically for this purpose, made with only Oregon-grown grains locally milled at Camas Country Mill. Toppings will be seasonal but simple, so as not to compete with the sandwich bar. Expect house-made apple butter, cinnamon toast, and fromage blanc with cracked black pepper and Jacobsen Salt.
The cold-pressed juices and smoothies are made with organic, locally grown produce, and you can choose from the menu or make up your own blend.
The new store will also offer a few other features that are usually only found in the larger stores in the outer metro area. Namely, ramen options at the wok station, a burrito bar, an expanded charcuterie counter, and a growler filling station with four taps.
Wine steward Tucker Newell has some strong connections among breweries and plans to offer exclusives, including a Full Sail Session IPA (available only at Full Sail or the Grant Park store) for $10 a growler. The other taps will pour Ninkasi Total Crystallization Fresh Hop Ale ($12), Ninkasi Dawn of the Red Imperial Red Ale ($12), and Pfriem Belgian Christmas Ale ($15).
There's a grand opening celebration Wednesday at 10 a.m., and in honor of the area's prominence in Beverly Cleary's children's books, there will be a cheese carver recreating Ramona Quimby likeness in a block of cheddar. Later on at 4 p.m. the founder and brewer of Ninkasi will be on hand for beer tastings.
New Seasons Grant Park: 3210 NE Broadway, Portland, 503-288-3838
Hours from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily