It appears Portland Food Hall is a new downtown food hall following on the heels of Pine Street Market and Cart Lab — two food hall-style businesses opened in 2016. According to WWeek, a group of restaurateurs, developers, and other food industry folk have teamed up and plan to operate at least seven restaurants and one bar inside. Portland Food Hall will crank the ovens at 827 SW 2nd Ave., and the 3,000-square-foot space seats 117 (for comparison, Pine Street Market is 10,000 square feet and Cart Lab 7,000).
A couple restaurants have been announced: The owners of the Hapa Ramen food cart on SE Division will open a new ramen spot, called Aiko, and the owners of the Pearl’s Zaatar Lebanese restaurant will also open a spin-off, reports WWeek.
A number of owners and partners appear to be backing Portland Food Hall. These include the teams from Hapa Ramen and Zaatar, as well as Emma Pelett, director of the Portland Night Market. The man leading the charge is Andres Ochoa of Rogue Development and Interurban Development. Interurban was also one of the partners behind Pine Street Market, so Ochoa definitely brings experience to the table... Which means he may actually be able to pull off the market’s plan to open in February.