Tony Tellin, Smith Teamaker's vice president of tea, confirmed today by telephone that Portland's (and the country's) most beloved tea-making operation will open a new tasting room and manufacturing center in the Buckman neighborhood by the end of next month.
Tellin says the new 13,000-square-foot space, formerly occupied by a roofing company, has physically undergone a "dramatic change" in an effort to get it up to speed for tea-lovers. It will mainly be dedicated to manufacturing, and you'll get to witness it from Smith's 20-seat tasting room.
For now, Smith Teamaker Southeast only plans to serve almond crackers, just like it's been doing since 2009 at its Northwest location. Eventually though, Tellin says his team would like to add pastries into the mix.
As for which bakery to contract for those eats, it's too early to tell.
Smith Teamaker Southeast should open its tasting room doors by the end of October.
Smith Teamaker Southeast: 110 SE Washington St., 503.719.8752