Located in a portion of unincorporated Washington County (about 20 minutes via the 26 from Downtown), the Bethany Village shopping center revamped the food court concept by opening four "micro restaurants" in March 2015. As reported by The Oregonian yesterday, Maine Street Lobster has joined the pack of small, stationary, food-cart-like restaurants. Additionally, Taiwan Eats also opened in Bethany Village one week prior to Maine Street Lobster in July.
Maine Street Lobster started out in the Cartlandia food cart pod on SE 82nd Avenue, where its original location remains today, and it quickly made a name for itself by serving traditional Maine lobster rolls using lobster flown from the East Coast several times a week. In 2014, The Oregonian named it one of the top 10 food carts in Portland.
With its new location, Maine Street Lobster showcases its larger menu, which includes New England Clam Chowder and Dungeness Crab Cakes. In its coverage yesterday, The Oregonian also reports that Maine Street Lobster serves fish and chips, salmon caesar salad, and linguini with prawns.
Taiwan Eats serves a short and sweet menu of noodle and rice dishes and noodle soups, and it also serves such sides as pigs' ears and marinated eggs. It is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 11:30 am to 8:30 pm, with special hours announced via Facebook.
Paul LaLone, Joel Zeek, and Meghan Schmidt own Bethany Village as well as Zeek's Cheese Grill. At Bethany Village, Maine Street Lobster and Taiwan Eats join Koi Fusion, Bowl & Berry, Cackalack’s, and Zeek’s Cheese Grill.