Shady Pines Foods Court docket, Portland’s only all-vegan cart pod positioned in the Cully neighborhood, has closed permanently. The food stuff carts after parked at Shady Pines have either shut or are looking for a new property.

Started by Fatsquatch proprietors Lukkah Churchill and Christine Neary — alongside with landlords Ashley and Lindsey Butler — Shady Pines opened with six carts in March 2020, right as the pandemic hit. Even though Portland is renowned as a vegan spot and for its foods cart culture, Shady Pines was the only group of all-vegan carts, serving mac and cheese, ramen bowls, gentle serve, and fried chicken in one particular ton, comprehensive with outside picnic tables and indoor seating.

But Shady Pines struggled with significantly extra than just the pandemic, in accordance to its tenants quite a few of the pod’s cart homeowners expressed disappointment in the assets administration and the pod’s absence of obtain to simple features, these as lights, warmth, and shade for the pod. “When we signed the lease, we have been promised a lot,” states Ramblin’ Rose owner Mary Allen. “It really could be a thing distinctive if the house owners set in the effort and hard work.”

The Butlers contend that the pod presented a quantity of features, including grey water support, wifi, ability, and outdoor lighting they also observed that they furnished hire aid to the tenants by means of a NAYA grant. “We provided every support required by the Multnomah County Overall health Service to function a food cart pod. We went previously mentioned and beyond by setting up a food stuff cart pod area that had an amenity like the indoor seating spot,” the Butlers generate in a statement to Eater. Churchill and Neary have still to answer to requests for remark.

Attempting to avoid the prospective closure of the pod, Armon Pakdel of Saff Ramen suggests the cart owners founded an informal tenants union, to advocate for their collective pursuits however, it wasn’t adequate to hold the pod afloat. Churchill and Neary ultimately shut Fatsquatch on Oct 9, and Butlers took on comprehensive ownership of Shady Pines. On November 3, the new entrepreneurs introduced that Shady Pines would near in 30 days, after remaining open up for significantly less than two years.

The tenants of Shady Pines say they are overcome with purchaser assistance pursuing the announcement. On Instagram, SushiLove homeowners Ashley Craemer and Diandra Totten write: “[We] just cannot really set into phrases what an honor it has been to serve you for 4 yrs. We have felt so related to this community in that time. With our consumers, workforce, and with our fellow foods business proprietors.”

Some carts, like Filthy Lettuce, moved into new destinations prior to the formal pod closure. Some others, even so, have picked out to near entirely, or go away the metropolis. Listed here is a breakdown of wherever all of the Shady Pines foods carts are heading next.


Normally dubbed a stoner meals cart, Fatsquatch has been a supporter beloved in Portland’s vegan scene due to the fact its early times on Belmont, serving meatless, gluten-free bites like deep-fried onion rings, thoroughly loaded potato ribbons, and cheesy grits. The cart’s mascot, Uncle Squatchy, bid farewell to Portland in an Instagram article: “It’s been an remarkable 6 years and we have built so lots of excellent buddies. We’re grateful for all the like and aid we have been given from every person and we’ll skip you all.” Fatsquatch shut for excellent on October 9.


This Los Angeles pop-up landed a spot at Shady Pines when Taylor Solomon and Nathaniel Perales made the decision to bring its vegan mac and cheese to Portland. The chefs’ specialty is a velvety cheddar-like cheese sauce that they slather around pasta shells, dressed with toppings like barbecue jackfruit, buffalo cauliflower, and vegan blue cheese. Avocadamama’s last working day in Portland was December 3 it will continue to work in Los Angeles at Smorgasburg and other gatherings.

Greater Together

Superior Jointly — the beverage cart that opened at Shady Pines in July — served beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks, as perfectly as baked merchandise from Shoofly Vegan Bakery. The cart operated for just a couple of months before closing in early November. Proprietor Julianne Schwartz hopes to uncover a new pod to proceed serving beverages and include some snacks to the all-vegan menu. Until finally then, consumers can assist the cart’s staff members by using GoFundMe.

Ramblin’ Rose

At Ramblin’ Rose, Mary Allen made available coconut-dependent delicate serve as traditional vanilla-chocolate swirls, botanical soda floats, and sundaes with Tume brownies. Allen experienced just shut for the year when the pod’s ownership announced its closure. The brilliant purple vintage truck is now parked at Normal Field Allen has still to come to a decision if she will function there or at an a further pod when spring rolls all over. Until finally then, Allen will be performing to get her vegan smooth provide into small businesses and co-ops.

Saff Ramen

Armon Pakdel and Zoe Lichlyter commenced Saff Ramen as a pop-up, combining their Persian and Japanese heritage in their speciality noodle bowl: tonkotsu-model corn ramen laced with saffron threads. Saff Ramen closed its cart at the end of October, but commencing December 7, Saff Ramen will pop up weekly at SxNW on Mississippi to provide ramen, onigiri, and Much better Together’s mochi until eventually it lands a new cart area.


Previous Sellwood favourite SushiLove specialized artistic fish-free sushi, like the seasonal Autumn Reigns with roasted shiitake mushrooms and sweet potato ginger puree at its Shady Pines truck and Oregon City cafe. Ashley Craemer and Diandra Totten served their very last inari on November 28. “‘It does not really really feel real’ is all Ashley and I can say. Y’all seriously confirmed up these days,” the closing announcement on Instagram reads. “We’ll proceed to perform to try out to offer the small business so that this isn’t the close of sushilove.” The SushiLove model, truck, and recipes are accessible for sale.

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By Taba