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Big Ass Sandwiches Announces Cart's Last Day; Scout Beer Garden Heading to SW Moody

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

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CLOSINGS

BIG ASS SANDWICHES — A food cart favorite and Travel Channel star is going brick-and-mortar. Check out our write up on Lisa and Brian Wood's plans for their new space on NE Glisan, which they hope to open by mid-June. Meanwhile, the Big Ass Sandwiches cart on SE Foster is currently up for sale and its last day will be June 11.

LOS GORDITOS — It was sad news when it was reported that the original Los Gorditos cart on SE 50th and Division would be closing due to development. But according to the Portland Business Journal, the developer of the lot is hoping to give them the corner retail space for a brick and mortar location. Los Gorditos already operates three other taqueria locations in Portland.

GONZOGonzo, a favorite for falafel and shawarma fries, moved in March to a new spot on SE Hawthorne. But after just two months owner Tal Caspi has closed the cart. According to Gonzo's Facebook page Caspi is focusing on producing retail hummus and hot sauces, which can be found on the shelves at New Seasons and farmers markets.

OPENINGS

SCOUT BEER GARDEN — Our favorite cart that doesn't serve food is planning on bringing the suds to the South Waterfront. According to its OLCC application, Scout Beer Garden will open a cart at 3201 SW Moody. It already has locations at the Tidbit and Good Food Here pods, but as Eater reported the Good Food Here pod will be closing due to development by the end of the year.

ANYTHING'S PASTABLE — The Cartlandia pod on SE 82nd has a new Italian pasta cart called Anything's Pastable. The menu has offerings like deep fried ravioli (flavors vary), mushroom alfredo, and Northwest primavera with seasonal vegetables.

KIM JONG GRILLIN' — According to Willamette Week, Mexican rotisserie chicken hotspot Pollo Norte is turning its parking lot into a patio and food cart pod. It'll serve beer from a cooler and welcome eight carts to the neighborhood. First in line is a second location of Kim Jong Grillin'.

REVIEW

THE 9 The newest addition to the Central Eastside Food Cart pod at 510 SE MLK is an Indian cart called The 9. After opening in April, it gets a "goddamned 10" from Matthew Korfhage of Willamette Week, who says the chicken biryani is "heaven in a cardboard box." The cart was opened by a couple who recently relocated from San Francisco, and they are serving up spicy curries, Thai-Burmese soup, and roti, acrispy fried bread.

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