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New eatery on 257th Drive has eight carts, will soon expand to 20 dining options just outside downtown

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Troutdale Station officially opened last weekend with eight food carts and more on the way. What's for dinner tonight? In Troutdale the answer is now sushi burritos, spicy Thai noodles, heaping burgers, Korean fusion, decadent desserts, Boba tea, a cold brew and so much more, all from the same location.

The much-anticipated Troutdale Station food cart pod officially opened its doors during a soft launch Saturday, April 30. The collection of eateries, located just across 257th Drive from downtown, had eight carts on day one — Le Petit Cafe, Esan Thai, Soul Korean Fusion, The Good Burger Shack, Wasabi Sushi PDX, Kickin Chicken Wings, Bobablastic and Hyderabad Hub. The site also includes 40 beer taps, wine, cider and cocktails.

Troutdale Station, 151 S.W. 257th Drive, is similar in design to its sister location, Happy Valley Station, both owned and operated by Valerie Hunter. The East Multnomah County location has a large, covered central space surrounded by the food carts. There is a large parking lot, and plenty of parking spaces in downtown only a few blocks away.

"My goal with these stations is to create a family-friendly environment where people can be a little loud, explore great food and drinks, and be safe," Hunter said.

Troutdale Station soon will play host to plenty of events and gatherings. There is indoor and outdoor seating, and restrooms. And there are more food carts on the way in the coming weeks, as Troutdale Station eventually will have 20 food carts.

"We want to celebrate local food carts," Hunter said, as there was a focus on securing local vendors for the new hub.

The food cart pod will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.

For more information visit troutdalestation.com


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