Smoothie and açai bowl shop Moberi is opening its fourth location in early March — a brick and mortar at the top of Mississippi Avenue, near Prost! and Olympia Oyster Bar. The colorful and airy shop will be the largest Moberi yet, and will debut new smoothies, acai bowls, and oatmeals, as well as kombucha on tap.
The local chain began with humble roots, with founder Ryan Carpenter making a name for himself with bike-powered smoothie blenders. Later, he received investment from a successful Kickstarter, which he used to open Moberi’s first brick and mortar about two years ago, followed by a location in the Portland Food Hall downtown.
The new, larger shop is a big step, Carpenter tells Eater.
“We’ve become really good at working with tiny spaces, and the Mississippi cafe will be our largest space yet. I’m excited to see what everyone will think of the customer experience in this new space — hopefully leading to more locations like it in the city.”
The cafe was designed in partnership with design studio Always with Honor, and features a vinyl mural of Mississippi Ave, as well as a bike-powered USB charging station as a nod to its roots, where food cart blenders were bike-powered.
It’s not the only Moberi expansion in the works — the juicemasters are also moving into the George Besaw building in Northwest Portland (former home to Besaw’s) this summer, alongside Pine State Biscuits and Life of Pie pizza.
The North Mississippi shop is set to open on March 10 at 4220 N. Mississippi Avenue, and will celebrate with free acai bowls from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.