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After Getting Hit by a Truck, PDX Empanadas Food Cart Rebuilds

The family-owned cart tries to recover with Go Fund Me crowdsourcing campaign

PDX Empanadas
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Driving home after a day of serving Uruguayan empanadas at the Portland Saturday Market on November 19, PDX Empanadas owners Inés Berón and Walter Rodríguez were hit by a truck. Thankfully they made it out okay, but their food cart was totaled and their van needs repairs. A Go Fund Me campaign has been started to help them get back on their feet.

Once the holidays are over, winter is always the toughest season for Portland food carts, so the timing hurts.

“Instead of getting ready for a profitable holiday season, Inés and Walter have been left with no means to earn a living,” the campaign reads. “While insurance covers the van, the money will not be enough to replace the trailer, which costs (used) around $30,000.”

Berón and Rodríguez founded PDX Empanadas in Massachusetts before moving to Portland to be closer to their children. They’ve been popping up weekends in Tom McCall Waterfront Park for the Portland Saturday Market for the past four years, serving everything from empanadas filled with pumpkin and pumpkin seeds to those with guava and gouda or ground beef with onions and egg. Those flakey creations are baked to order, too.

PDX Empanadas owners Inés Berón and Walter Rodríguez
Facebook/PDX Empanadas