West End District to welcome Portland Cider Co.
For years, John Parrish and his wife Lynda have wanted to return to Beaverton. Now with the anticipated opening of their third Portland Cider Company location early next year, they will soon have that chance.
The 2,300-square-foot pub is set to open its doors in spring 2022 and join other retail tenants on the ground level of the new West End District at the corner of Southwest Tualatin Valley Highway and Murray Boulevard.
The pub will offer 24 taps featuring Portland Cider's house ciders, as well as a rotating selection of local beers.
The cidery with English roots has two existing locations on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard in Portland and Southeast Jannsen Road in Clackamas.
John Parrish said that he and his wife have wanted to open a Beaverton pub for nearly a decade, but they never found a location that truly "inspired" them.
That changed when they learned about Beaverton's West End District, the mixed-use apartment complex that just welcomed its first residents this summer.
The 12-building complex has taken the place of the old Kmart and attached strip mall, which were demolished in 2020.
When it's finished in mid- to late 2022, the development will feature 424 apartment units and 30,000 square feet of ground-level commercial space.
"The reason it really kind of caught our eye was first, the location there on the corner of (Tualatin Valley) Highway and Murray," Parrish said. "It's kind of central."
But what really sealed the deal for Parrish was the nature of the development itself, which prioritizes density over the suburban sprawl most may expect to see in Washington County.
"It's what they call an urban living, which means inside that you're not going to feel like you're in a suburban neighborhood," Parrish said. "It feels more like you're in a downtown neighborhood, with the narrow streets and lots of ground for retail with lots of living space up above it."
Beyond aesthetics, Portland Cider Co. marketing director Helen Lewis said the new location will provide an opportunity to collaborate with neighboring businesses.
"We're looking forward to connecting with the other businesses that move into the West End District with us," she said. "We get to build this business community from the ground up together, bringing some urban Portland vibes to the western suburbs."
The Beaverton taproom will feel "dramatically" different from its sisters in Clackamas and Southeast Portland, Parrish said.
"This location is going to have a more modern feel to it, which is more reflective of the area it's in," he said.
But Parrish still plans to maintain some of the same rustic elements the other two locations have.
The Beaverton location will also serve small plates as well, inspired by English and Pacific Northwest cuisine.
"There's going to be lots of other great food options that we'll be partnering with inside that tight-knit development so that folks who might want to grab a pizza a couple doors down can certainly do that and come and join us here," Parrish said.
What the couple is most excited for, though, is being able to have a location that's close to their friends.
"We are so proud to be able to open our third pub after the hectic past year," co-owner Lynda Parrish said. "Years ago, Jeff and I lived in Beaverton, and we've been waiting for the perfect space to become available in that area. Now that it has, we finally have a convenient location for our Westside friends and fans to come and join us for some cider."