Moonstruck Chocolate is returning to Northwest Portland. The dreamy chocolate company left its NW 23rd quarters after a gas explosion destroyed the building that housed Portland Bagelworks. Now, more than a year and a half later, Moonstruck will reopen its chocolate cafe as an interactive test kitchen. Moonstruck NW will have chocolate education classes, tasting & pairing sessions, and other community events — think chocolate decorating classes, science of chocolate classes, and test kitchen tastings. The cafe will also have indoor and outdoor seating and complimentary wifi for work-from-home folk in need of truffles.
The company announced its reopening on Facebook with an enthusiastic reopening teaser: “We’re getting excited over here at Moonstruck to finally reopen our cafe on NW 23rd!” the post reads. “We truly enjoy being part of the neighborhood and can’t wait to be back up and running in May.” The company will throw a grand opening party from 6 to 10 p.m. May 31 for chocolate tasting, demonstrations with master chocolatier Julian Rose, and test-kitchen tasting — chocolatey Belgian breakfast, anyone?
The Northwest Portland Moonstruck café is located at 526 NW 23rd Avenue, open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. through 9 p.m. Sunday. Moonstruck also has locations in downtown Portland (608 SW Alder Street), Beaverton (11705 Beaverton Hillsdale Highway), and at its factory in St. Johns (6600 N. Baltimore Avenue).