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Monday, October 14, 2013

Food Carts—Yes, Carts—Returning to City Hall Tomorrow

Posted by Denis C. Theriault on Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 2:00 PM

City employees just got a very excited email this afternoon letting them know about the not one, not two, but three food carts expected to set up shop in Portland City Hall's courtyard come tomorrow afternoon.

I've excerpted it here:

Facilities Services is happy to announce a new dining option for our neighborhood! Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, October 15, the City Hall courtyard will have three food cart vendors providing convenient food options for City employees and the community.

These food carts are part of a pilot program that will offer a diverse selection of food and styles. We plan to rotate these food carts periodically to encourage seasonal offerings and variety. Indoor and outdoor seating is also available. Come try the new food options!

Tuesday’s weather is looking sunny and clear – a perfect day to get out and try some new food. The following carts will be serving food beginning tomorrow:

Al Forno Ferruzza
Offers authentic Sicilian cuisine made in the traditional hot oven baking style using local Northwest ingredients. Their menu features locally sourced healthy options, including gluten-free and vegan dishes.

Saigon Noodle
Serves traditional Vietnamese dishes such as salad rolls with chicken or tofu, Vietnamese PHO style rice noodle soup, rice bowls with chicken, beef, or tofu.

Olympic Provisions
Focuses on house-made, all natural sausages and other meat products, including what they believe is the premier hot dog in the country. Selling packaged salami to take away and eat back at your desk is also a possibility.

The announcement comes more than a month after we reported the city was trying to reboot its stalled plans to turn city hall into a festive plaza filled with cheap street food. Mayor Charlie Hales' initial vision for the place ran aground amid some residual anger over his decision to evict homeless protesters who'd been camping on sidewalks around city hall and curating a religious vigil on the plaza for a year and a half.

Seems it's time to bring the city's $4,000 investment in tables and chairs out of storage. And remember! Those tables and chairs are for customers only—not the passing public.

Next up in city hall? Adding some sort of coffee kiosk just inside the entrance and, then, booting out the Oregonian's city hall reporters from the office they've been renting on the first floor.

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