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Cartopia Adds Sunday Night Movies; Bicycle-Powered Crab Cart Launches

Welcome to Cartwire, in which we round up the latest news from the ever-changing world of Portland food carts.

Portland Crab Cart

EVICTION NOTICE — The Brunch Box cart has been evicted from their spot at the SW 5th and Stark pod. April 29 marked their last lunch service there. The pink slip to move came as a surprise to owner Derek Coughlin. The owners of the lot claim that the popular sandwich spot was mishandling its waste water. Coughlin is not sure of the future of the cart yet, but his brick-and-mortar location is still cranking out those grilled cheese burgers everyday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

RENOVATIONS — The Cartopia cart pod, a Portland icon of the food cart scene, has recently completed renovations to spiff the place up, and they've added Sunday Night Movies starting this weekend. It kicks off Sunday May 3 with Twin Peaks episodes 1 and 2. Movies begin after dark. Click here for the complete schedule through November.

NEW ADDITION TO TIDBIT As of April 15th there was a new addition to the Tidbit pod, this time in the form of a cute cottage-style cart from Back to Eden. The bakery has been serving up vegan, gluten-free treats  for six years in Alberta, and this second outpost will continue offering those treats plus dairy-free ice cream sundaes.

CRAB ON WHEELS — Portland Crab Cart, a bicycle cart spinoff of Portland Crab House catering, has unleashed a cart devoted to crab cakes. On Friday, May 1st, the pedal-powered cart will have its grand opening celebration in the parking lot at Kitchen Cru (337 NW Broadway), frying up crab cakes with a blend of Dungeness and red crab and served with a creole aioli. Get there early: the first 100 are only $1. After that, find them at the Doggie Dash race on the waterfront on May 9th, and then the following week at their permanent lunch spot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SW 5th and Alder.

RE-OPENING ALERT — After closing its original spot on NW 23rd last fall, the beloved quirky sandwich cart PBJs Grilled is headed back to its old stomping grounds. This time, it'll share space next to the Moberi smoothie cart at 1515 NW 23rd. The owners are shooting to be open by May 15th depending on whether permits and inspections go according to schedule. The menu will be slightly smaller, but expect favorites like the Oregonian with pan-seared duck and the Hot Hood with peanut butter, roasted jalapenos, bacon and cherry jam.

EXPANSIONSThe Whole Bowl is a certifiable food cart chainlet, and now this one-stop shop for a vegetarian meal in a bowl is up to six outposts. The newest location is at 3540 N. Vancouver Ave., just around the corner from the N. Williams Avenue New Seasons. You can grab your bowl there seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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