Perhaps you've noticed the sheetrock inside Pine Street Market, Downtown's flourishing new food hall. That's where Pine Street Market's final tenant has been quietly completing its buildout, and on July 6, the local Kure Juice Bar will open as the food hall's last tenant, to serve its smoothies, juices, and bowls, along with grab-and-go items, like wraps, rolls, and salads. Originally, the space was slated for the Food + Juice concept by The Country Cat.
"We're humbled to be in this company," Kure co-owner Nate Higgins tells Eater, referencing the other established food businesses inside—most Portland-based—from Salt & Straw and Ken's Artisan Bakery, to two restaurants by Toro Bravo's John Gorham. "It's a big deal. But we feel we're adding a lot. Customers will be able to grab a smoothie while waiting for a rotisserie chicken or other food, and the business lunch is big here, so we're doing lots of fast options."
Like the other businesses inside Pine Street Market, Kure is bringing something new to the table that you won't find at its other locations. Higgins isn't ready to confirm, but he says the menu will be a "refined" version of Kure's regular menus.
In terms of the buildout, Kure Juice Bar will occupy a 300-square-foot space. It won't bring any additional seating, one of the only major complaints that's surfaced so far regarding the market. When it opens at 133 SW Pine St., Kure Juice Bar will be the company's fifth location, with a part-time location inside of the Moda Center, as well. Kure started as one of Portland's earlier food carts in 2011.