As first reported by Eater, the craft-beer-fueled Las Vegas-based Holsteins Shakes and Buns has been gearing up to open in Portland since fall 2015. It takes over the massive 6400-square-foot space at 1139 NW Couch St. — right in the heart of the Pearl — and Holsteins now tells Eater it is prepared to put patties to the griddle on May 1.
Holsteins previously confirmed the Portland location would focus on its signature burger creations, boozy shakes, and a significant tap list including local microbrews. A recent email reveals a Portland-only burger in the works: The P-Town Turkey comes topped with sprouts, tomato, avocado, cucumber slaw, pepper jack cheese, and Russian dressing.
Other burgers include the Gold Standard, with a dry-aged beef patty, tomato confit, smoked bacon, aged goat cheddar cheese, and arugula, and Holsteins says the food menu also includes things like porter-braised short ribs and a Korean bulgogi quesadilla.
Beyond the meatopia, Holsteins will feature craft brews both local and beyond — plus beery activities like beer education events and brewers’ dinners. There will also be a full cocktail program.
And the usual trademarked “Bam-Boozled” shakes will be on offer, but in Portland, they’ll feature Tillamook ice cream. An example is the Campfire S’mores, touting not only marshmallow vodka, graham crackers, chocolate sauce, toasted marshmallows, s’mores candy stick, chocolate balls, and chocolate-covered graham cracker, but a vanilla frosting rim with graham cracker crumble.
Holsteins was established in Las Vegas in 2010. Portland will be home to its second location.