Now that the Alder Street food cart pod has closed, Portland has amped up the competition for the city’s next big pod. Still, a food cart pod opening this fall may have one of the best locations to-date: Nob Hill Food Carts will house a dozen carts in the heart of the Alphabet District.
Real Estate Developer Gregg Opsahl is transforming his office space into a pod that will fit 14 carts, with extensive seating and a fire pit for colder nights. The location sits between Nob Hill and the up-and-coming Slabtown, steps from Eater 38 stalwart Ataula on NW 23rd Place. Opsahl isn’t going public with any cart names yet, but he plans to break ground this month, opening the carts in November.
Opsahl wasn’t totally set on opening a food cart pod from the get-go; he was looking for a new use for his land when his son suggested food carts. “People put food carts in for a temporary use, but I’m not looking at other options. I want this to be a long-term commitment,” he says. “This is going to be an entity that’s going to be this way for a good-long time. And the people I’ve spoken to, they’re looking for a home.” Nob Hill Food Carts will open at 1845 NW 23rd Place.
• Nob Hill Food Carts [Official]