Pun-loving breakfast sandwich cart Fried Egg I’m In Love is finally moving into a legit restaurant space, opening a full-fledged permanent location on SE Hawthorne January 19. Named for the classic Cure song, Fried Egg I’m in Love specializes in egg-and-pesto sandwiches with names like Yolko Ono and Sriracha Mix-A-Lot, garnering hour-long waits on weekends at its SE Hawthorne cart. Now, the whole Southeast Portland operation is moving into a sunny restaurant space.
Blue Star Donuts broke the news in a press release last fall, announcing plans to relinquish its Hawthorne location to make room for the cart. The popular doughnut chain opened a new Inner Southeast location blocks away at 3325 SE Division location, now focusing on its Multnomah Village location to open Saturday, January 19. The Portland-based brioche doughnut chain has locations along the West Coast, including seven in the Portland area.
The team originally announced that it would throw a grand opening party from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. January 24th, selling its first 100 Yolko Ono breakfast sandwiches for $1 each. A Facebook post this weekend, however, showed that the restaurant actually opened for weekend brunch service Saturday. The original SE Hawthorne cart has closed, but Fried Egg I’m in Love will continue to run its other cart in Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Updated January 17, 10:15 a.m.: This story has been updated to include the official opening date for Fried Egg I’m in Love’s restaurant.
Updated January 21, 8:41 a.m.: This story has been updated to show that the restaurant opened earlier than anticipated, January 19.