The Alder Street food carts live again — just not on Alder Street.
The longstanding food cart pod forced to dissolve earlier this summer will move to the south end of the North Park Blocks, the Oregonian first reported. Around 30 carts will land along SW 8th, Ankeny, and SW Park, in an attempt to reinvigorate the park space.
The Friends of the Green Loop, a public-private initiative to create a six-mile greenway in Portland, originally announced the plan last month, creating a GoFundMe for the project. The group described the Park Blocks locale as a temporary pod, as the city develops a “culinary corridor” on SW 9th Avenue between Director Park and O’Bryant Park. Now, the organization has confirmed that the carts can successfully move to the North Park Blocks, though no opening date has been set for the new pod.
The GoFundMe is still active, with little over $14,000 raised; it is still accepting donations to cover electrical, plumbing and moving costs. Stay tuned for more information about the opening date.
• Save Portland Food Carts [GoFundMe]
• Famous Portland food carts secure spot at North Park Blocks [The O]
• The Alder Street Food Carts Need $300,000 to Move to the North Park Blocks [EPDX]
• Portland Reflects on the Impending Closure of the Alder Street Food Cart Pod [EPDX]