Some news for this cool, wet, January:
If you didn’t know, The People’s Pig moved to the corner of SW 9th and Alder, taking over the white cart formerly owned by Spella Cafe. The truck Cliff used for the first generation of The People’s Pig is now for sale. You can find a photo of the truck here. If interested, contact Cliff either at the cart or via their contact page.
The Portland Smoothie Company has closed. Their original sign stated they were closed for winter, but earlier this week, Jen posted that the cart was for sale. A great spot on SW 3rd and Washington. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’ve walked around the pods downtown in the past month, you’ve probably noticed the changes. No more large decks or awnings or seating areas. Some carts have taken the path of attaching the awning to the cart which is legal and still provides a way to stay out of the rain while you order. The crowds are the same for January and all the carts, except for a couple, are still open and in business. With such a quick change, it makes the row look fresh and new, as if the carts all just arrived.
Lucy’s Original, a newcomer on the scene in the past month has moved again. They are now setup at LandPDX on N Mississippi, just south of Shaver street. They are open from 12-8 daily and have already garnered some neighborhood regulars. I spoke with Evan and he plans to be there through the end of the month. Also, they now have Lil’ Lucys – sliders.
There have been many comments in both print and online media and blogs wondering if the Food Cart bubble has burst with both winter slowness and the changes the city forced the carts to make. I see it as a minor bump in the road, like the speedbumps you can go over at 30mph. But, I ask you, have the carts “jumped the shark?”
I ask this because Food Trucks are now the feature of a Ron Jeremy porn out of LA. Really? We’ve all come to love the term food porn and many food writers do incorporate sensual language to describe food, but Food Truck porn? How do they get the trucks to contort in that way? [Sorry, couldn’t pass that one up.] I wonder if anyone at the Portland Mercury is aware of this? You can find all the details at LA Weekly.
Enjoy your meal – keep on Cartin’