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Hungry Heart Dessert Cart Opens Bakery in Montavilla

Morning pastries join the rotating selection of cupcakes and macarons.

Hungry Heart cupcakes, the roving, sugar-spun food cart that has catered to everyone from office workers to TV stars, has quietly opened a brick-and-mortar bakery in Montavilla.

Just around the corner from The Country Cat, on SE 80th Avenue, the bakery opened January 3, serving up a daily rotating selection of regular and mini cupcakes, and gluten-free French macarons, plus morning pastries like coffee cake, almond croissants, and savory scones. Owner Jax Button says she's planning on launching a line of breakfast sandwiches in March, with options like fried eggs, shaved ham, and fontina on croissants. She's still tying up loose ends, but if all goes well and the liquor license goes through, by summer she'll have a limited breakfast menu. "It'll be like a counter service brunch," she says, "for when you don't have three hours to spend, and just want a simple scramble and mimosa."

The cozy, 26-seat shop is trimmed with reclaimed wood and a large bench along the wall, all made with 100-year-old Douglas Fir from an old fish station in Washington. And it shares space with It's a Gift, a Montavilla gift shop that moved from its digs a block away on SE Stark. While you're waiting for your Stumptown coffee or Smith tea, you can browse the selection of cards, and mostly Portland made jewelry, bags, and accessories.

Hungry Heart PDX: 414 S.E. 80th Ave. Portland; 503-254-8487. Currently, the bakery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.