Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has broken ground in Beaverton.
Crews dug in June 20 on the second outlet of the southern-cooking family restaurant. The first, which opened in Tualatin near Cabela's and the Nyberg Rivers Shopping Center, was also the first on the west coast. There are 645 Cracker Barrel locations in 44 states, but Oregonians are still discovering the brand.
In Beaverton, the company promises that all the antique décor on the walls will be authentic, with no replicas. They customize it to the local community. The design team is currently researching Beaverton and coming up with visual ideas that capture the essence of the suburban city most often associated with Asian cuisine, Nike sportswear and Silicon Forest chip plants.
The company says it will hire over 175 full- and part-time employees for the new Beaverton store. The 10,000+ square-foot building includes a front porch and will seat 180 guests at a time.
Cracker Barrel is known for its down home décor and country style cooking. The styling uses heavy wooden furniture, brass and gingham, suggestive of both the 19th Century and the Great Depression. Customers and tourists often line up to purchase souvenirs from the old style toy store and grocery store. The company runs Country Coach tour buses to transport its passionate fan base.
Cracker Barrel favorites include bacon or sausage with fried apples or hashbrown casserole and Grandpa's country fried breakfast. The latter consists of two farm fresh eggs with grits and a choice of fried apples or hashbrown casserole plus chicken fried chicken or country fried steak. It promises to come with all the "fixin's" including sawmill gravy, homemade buttermilk biscuits, real butter and the best preserves n' jam.
One of the company slogans is "Cracker Barrel locations are half restaurant, half retail, and all country."
Cracker Barrel Beaverton
Where: 4050 S.W. 114th Ave., Beaverton,
Opening: February 2018
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Where: 7415 S.W. Nyberg St., Tualatin