Work begins at site next door to Little Big Burger with hopes for a pre-Christmas opening.

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.

PHOTOS BY BILL GALLAGHER - The new Blue Star Donuts in Multnomah Village will occupy the space right next door to Little Big Burger
at 7711 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.

The Multnomah Village location will be 'somewhat similar' to the Blue Star South Waterfront location at 0672 SW Gaines St.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 new Blue Star Donuts will be on the ground floor of the Multnomah Village apartments.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.

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