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The new spot will have full service, sitdown dining as well as wine, beer and gelato 

COURTESY PHOTO - Elephants Delicatessen will open at 3970 Mercantile Drive in Lake Oswego this October.

Elephants Delicatessen — the longtime Portland-area deli that had a location on Kruse Way until earlier this year — is opening a larger spot on Mercantile Drive in Lake Oswego.

The company, which has been around since 1979 and is also preparing a spot in the Cedar Hills area, will welcome customers at 3970 Mercantile Drive this October, according to spokesperson Cheyenne Terbrueggen.

"We have a huge Lake Oswego audience through Kruse Way and catering," Terbrueggen said. "It's been a market we've wanted to expand in and have a better location in."

The shop will be 3,200 square feet — much larger than the one on Kruse Way — and include sitdown dining throughout the day, wine and beer. It will also be the first Elephants location to serve gelato. Terbrueggen likened the new space to the flagship spot on NW 22nd in Portland.

She added that the new location — which used to house Big Town Hero and Uptown Beer Company — attracts more foot traffic, which she hopes leads to increased popularity.

"The Kruse Way (location) was in an office building community. It had a lot of regulars, people who worked in the building, but it was kind of hidden. The new one is right in the middle of everything. It will be hard to miss," she said.

Terbrueggen emphasized that everything at Elephants is homemade and the menu ranges from breakfast sandwiches and burritos to turkey and tuna sandwiches, as well as entrees like chicken enchiladas and coconut curry.

"Elephants is special because it really has something for everyone, especially a large location like this, and we're there for you all times of day: breakfast, lunch and dinner," she said.


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