SW CONNECTION EXCLUSIVE - Blue Star confirms it's coming to Multnomah Village
It's true. Blue Star is set to open its eighth Portland donut shop in Multnomah Village by Christmas.
The SW Connection confirmed with Blue Star management that its recent filing with the Bureau of
Development Services means work can start to convert the empty commercial space next to Little
Big Burger on Capitol Highway.
The donut shop and the burger joint are part of a Portland-based restaurant chain owned by Katie
Poppe and Micah Camden. They opened their first Blue Star Donuts in downtown Portland on
December 5, 2012. The Multnomah Village opening will be the first since Blue Star went into
Progress Ridge in Beaverton in October, 2017. It is located on the ground floor of the Multnomah
Village Apartments (7711 Capitol Highway)
There have been rumors for months that Blue Star was bringing its eclectic line of donuts and Coava
coffee to Multnomah Village. "We've had some construction delays on the buildout of this location,"
according to Blue Star Marketing Director Jessica Kulp. "The construction on our new flagship shop
in downtown Portland took longer than expected and had our construction crew tied up.
"We are starting construction now and hoping to be open before Christmas," Kulp wrote in an
e mail sent from Los Angeles, where Blue Star has opened three donut shops recently.
She says the Capitol Highway location will offer what the seven other shops offer, "We will
have our full lineup of 18-hour brioche cake donuts, and buttermilk old-fashioned donuts."
The "18-hours" refers to the time that goes into Blue Star' s signature item, which is based on a
recipe from the south of France. according to Conde Nast Traveller. Blue Star donuts are made from
scratch daily. When supplies run out, that's it for the day for that particular donut.
Kulp expects that by the time they figure out "store traffic and staffing needs" there will be ten employees
at the new shop.
As for the selection of the Multnomah Village location, "We love the area. This was especially reinforced
when we went to the Multnomah Days event this summer. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming,"
Kulp said in her e mail.
The size and style of the new Blue Star donuts will be "somewhat similar" to what's found at the South Waterfront location (0672 SW Gaines), which opened in October, 2016. There is minimal seating at that location just a table for two and a counter top along the front window with seven stools.
At the beginning of September Blue Star opened its new 5,000-square foot flagship location at 1155 SW
Morrison St. in downtown Portland.
Blue Star Donuts charges more for its gourmet donuts than most donut shops in the area. The bill
for two donuts (Blackberry Bourbon Basil and Passionfruit Cocoa Nib) and a large cup of coffee
came to $10.50 at the South Waterfront location.