If all goes to plan, the scents of Mae’s elevated Southern cooking will continue to spill out onto Northeast 42nd Avenue. Fried chicken whisperer Maya Lovelace is moving the Mae pop-up out of its long-time digs inside the Old Salt Marketplace, and she tells Eater she and co-owner Zach Lefler are negotiating a lease just a few doors down, inside the old Delphina's Bakery building, at 4636 NE 42nd Ave. If the deal goes through, Mae would serve as the anchor restaurant inside a neighborhood food hub.
“We are excited and hopeful that this deal will work,” says Lovelace, “because we absolutely adore the neighborhood and community we've been a part of for the last two and a half years.”
Lovelace says the yet-to-be-named food hub will be home to a bakery by Dillon DeBauche (formerly of Little T), a TBD green grocer, and a community-oriented commisary kitchen, Community Supported Kitchen, operated by the Side Yard Farm & Kitchen. Other culinary concepts are also being discussed.
- Mae [Official]
- New Northeast Portland food center to unite restaurants, urban farms [Oregonian]
- All Previous Mae Coverage [EPDX]
- Breakout Pop-Up Mae Announces Brick-and-Mortar Restaurant [EPDX]