PORTLAND -- The landscape is changing for Portland’s famous food cart pods.
In the last month, three food cart pods have been forced out to make way for development, including the iconic Cartopia. Now a fourth pod in the heart of downtown Portland is moving on.
Background: Food cart pod closing for apartment complex
The group of eight food carts at Southwest 6th Avenue and Columbia Street has until the end of the month to roll out. The property owner told KGW a nearby business needs the parking spaces
It’s a good economic sign that development is now planned for many of these empty lots, but it’s also an indicator that Portland’s food cart culture is on the wane.
“We don't know where to go,” said Thai Pasta II owner Mouay Hunmany. “We wish we could stay.”
The owner of FoodCartsPortland.com, Brett Burmeister, said food carts were once a relatively low-cost way for entrepreneurs to rebound after the economic downturn.
He said now they’ve become more of a starting point for people with bigger aspirations.
“They're the person with the five-year plan, the person who wants to have a restaurant, maybe a notch above what we thought of as street food,” Burmeister said.
But many of the owners being pushed out just need to plan where they’ll park next.