Montavilla Town

New Plaza Owners Bet on Retail Growth

The 82nd Street Plaza building recently sold to a group of investors who see opportunity in Montavilla’s expanding downtown. Located at 322 SE 82nd Ave, this 1963 era building sits mid-block just north of Stark Street. The new owners will transform the location through building-wide upgrades that enhance the property’s appearance and functionality. The owners of this property…

Ya Hala Repaints Logo

Yesterday, painters replaced the marquee logo at Ya Hala Lebanese Cuisine. The updated sign adds color behind lowercase “ya hala” text. The previous text featured a thin monochrome font reading “Ya Hala Lebanese Plates – Established 1999.” Located at 8005 SE Stark Street, the staple of Montavilla Town last painted their building in 2016. The update is…

McDonald’s Damaged by Car Crash

Early Tuesday morning, a vehicle collided with McDonald’s on the corner of SE Stark Street and 82nd Ave. The silver 2003 Infiniti attempted to turn onto Stark Street from northbound 82nd Ave at an unsafe speed. The car lost control and collided with the fast-food restaurant, causing damage to a fence and the building. All occupants of…

Support Montavilla’s Core

Montavilla’s Stark Street cycles through times of flourishing community and empty obscurity. It could be hard to remember what the street looked like 20 years ago by walking it today. However vibrant the town is now, the area was deep in a down cycle two decades previous. Fortunes started to change for the neighborhood thanks…

Union Rose Open in New Location

Union Rose completed the move one block east to a new location. Now at 8029 SE Stark Street, the longtime Montavilla retailer has doubled the shop’s footprint. The storefront exchange, completed two days ago, was briefly documented on the shop’s Instagram account with pictures and a video tour. The new location also has update hours of operation. The store…

Arc Thrift Store Opens Thursday

Montavilla’s newest business opens tomorrow, Thursday the 7th. The Arc Thrift Store, located at 8304 SE Stark Street, will host its grand opening this week. The secondhand apparel and home goods store sells items that it received as donations. Starting tomorrow, the store will open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5 PM. Already a wide range…

Tinker Tavern Opens Tonight

After a successful weekend of soft-opening events, Tinker Tavern will officially launch tonight. Starting at 4 PM Monday, Montavilla’s newest bar begins daily operation. In compliance with regulations, only outdoor dining and take out will be offered. Tinker Tavern will open at 4 PM every night. Closing time is flexible, between 9 PM and 11…

Tinker Tavern Opening Next Week

UPDATED – Tinker Tavern opened Monday Tinker Tavern will open for takeout and outdoor dining next week after months of COVID-19 delays. The restaurant and tavern announced on Instagram their intent to have a limited opening in mid-December. A newly completed covered Parking Plaza sits on Stark Street outside the business’s front door. Tinker Tavern’s website describes the general flavor of menu…

Union Rose Moving Locations on Stark

Union Rose is moving down the street to a new storefront at 8029 SE Stark Street. Currently, they are located a block east on the same side of Stark Street. The larger space will allow for more onsite manufacturing of women’s clothing and expanded gift-items available in the shop. Owner Rita Hudson-Evalt was excited to find a…

Arc Thrift Store on Stark

Arc Thrift Store is opening at 8304 SE Stark Street this December. Inside the former H&R Block location, display fixtures are ready to showcase used clothing and home goods. This location is the first thrift store for the non-profit organization. Although the Stark Street location is their only store, it is the second Montavilla location for The Arc of Multnomah-Clackamas organization. For…

Police Calm Stark Street Traffic

A parked Portland Police van showed commuters on SE Stark Street their vehicle’s speed. Parked in front of Mr. Plywood, the van is near the corner of 78th Ave. The police vehicle contains equipment to capture vehicle speed and display it on a reader-board cut into the driver side rear door. Thursday morning, vehicles slowed…

Montavilla Farmers Market Winter Schedule

This Sunday, Montavilla Farmer’s Market opens for the first day of their new winter schedule. This expanded season marks the start of year-round availability for the Market. Previous winters only offered customers four stock-up events between November and February. Beginning on November 8th, the Market will open the second and fourth Sunday of the month.…

Clogs-N-More Opening Sept. 12th

Clogs-N-More will celebrate its grand opening this Saturday on September 12th. The Montavilla location is the second East Portland store for the company. It joins an established Westmoreland location and replaces the recently closed Hawthorne storefront.  Starting on the 12th, they will open from 11 AM to 4 PM. The store will be open Thursday through Sunday each…

The New Boomtown

In a scene reminiscent of the 1800s boomtown, Montavilla is lining its main streets with roughly constructed wood structures. These Parking Plazas first took the shape of roped-off areas along the street’s edge. A handful of tables were set in the place once used for parked cars, and customers were seated for an open-air experience.…

Stark Street Storefront for Lease

3,750 square feet of storefront space is available for lease on SE Stark Street. Recently the home to CrossFit Montavilla, this property is in the heart of Montavilla town. Located at 8040 SE Stark Street, the space has two bathrooms and dedicated parking in rear of building. The parking lot is accessible off SE Washingtons…

Harashay Opening on Stark Street

Harashay is the creation of owner Renee Greif. It is the latest evolution of her 30-year hairdressing career. Inspired by a spiritual awakening, Greif is offering a beauty experience deeper than hair and skin. Located at 7819 SE Stark Street, Harashay will provide a range of body and mind wellness services. Greif was working at a salon…

Expanded Corners Come to 80th

Expanded corners are now present along SE 80th Ave on both Stark and Washington streets. First appearing on 76th Ave, these are part of the Busy Streets program seeking to provide more space at busy intersections. Portland Bureau of Transportation installed these temporary sidewalk expansions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These street crossings often become…

Clogs-N-More Outlet Coming to Stark

Shoe retailer Clogs-N-More is opening an outlet store in Montavilla. They are currently renovating the former Pottery Fun space at 7821 SE Stark Street, with an anticipated opening in September. Clogs-N-More operates a few locations in the Portland area. Last May, they had to close their Hawthorne location after 20 years on that street. Many of their regular customers live in Montavilla,…

Stark Street Corner Shopfront for Lease

The corner storefront located at 8037 SE Stark Street is now available for lease. Formerly occupied by Wix Insurance Agency, it was made vacant when they moved into their own building at 7300 NE Glisan Street. Two spaces are vacant in the building. In addition to the Wix space, 8029 SE Stark Street is also…

Public Trash Can Expansion

In Montavilla Town, there are only two public trash cans. One sits next to the TriMet number 15 bus stop near McDonald’s. The other is a few blocks away on SE 79th. These two represent the highest density of public trash cans within Montavilla, but soon that could change. In 2016, Portland City Council expanded…

CrossFit Montavilla Closing

Over the weekend, CrossFit Montavilla announced they would be closing at the end of the week. The business has occupied 8040 SE Stark Street for over two years. Local businesses and customers are expressing their sentiments over the shutdown on the company’s Instagram. According to the Instagram post announcing the closing, “COVID-19 realities” are the cause for the…

White Rabbit Will Wait

The much-anticipated opening of White Rabbit Cafe and Bakery will have to wait until 2021. Morgan and Jax Hart have postponed the launch of their new brunch spot to preserve the restaurant’s original intent, which could not exist with current restrictions. Instead, they will lend the space to their other creations. Starting August 14th, 7940 SE…

Lazy Susan Open for Dinner

Construction is now complete on the much-anticipated restaurant taking over the former Country Cat location. This past weekend, Lazy Susan staff officially started dinner service, representing the diner’s official opening. Kayla Morrell, of Lazy Susan, described the opening weekend as successful. “We’ve seen a fair amount of turnout for our first weekend of full-service dining, and hope that continues…

Last Call for Pottery Fun

Pottery Fun on Stark Street is closing permanently. All remaining items in the store are for sale, starting this weekend. The sale runs from Noon to 4 PM on both Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th. Located at 7821 SE Stark Street, Pottery Fun offered craft activities creating personalized painted pottery. The sale should include many…

Town Storefront for Sale

7850 SE Stark Street is listed for sale by its owner, who operates Electronic Claims Services from this location. Property listings for Stark Street storefronts are uncommon, particularly in buildings centrally located in Montavilla Town. Constructed in 1946, it was home to bicycle stores for much of its early life. First as Lawrence H. Hook’s Hook Cycle Shop, and later as Mt.…

Thatchers Renovation

Thatcher’s lounge is currently closed for renovations. They will be opening back up on July 27th. Located at 7906 SE Stark Street, the sports bar and breakfast spot is a fixture in Montavilla town. Cody Palmer, manager at Thatcher’s, described the renovation as long overdue updating. “[We’re] tearing out decades-old carpet, laying down some wood floors,…

To-Go Window at Bipartisan

As a pioneer of the 15-year-old Stark Street revival, the Bipartisan Cafe is again driving innovation in Montavilla Town. Yesterday they installed a dedicated To-Go window on SE 79th Ave. The small side sliding window is similar to units seen at drive-through restaurants. The To-Go window is not yet in use, waiting on the final glazing installation…

The Power of Cookies

Weeks before the official statewide shutdown, PDX Cookie Co opened their Montavilla store at 7919 SE Stark Street. Just as the shop became popular, people were ordered to stay home. Despite that challenge, the Cookie shop has seen success. With an established online business, they have managed to thrive during the pandemic. Now, as people are venturing out…

Coworking Space Consolidated

Collective Agency has moved out of its coworking space located at 7819 SE Stark Street. This was one of three locations for the Collective Agency, and the only one that has been permanently closed. Customers of the coworking space, called Members, will now have to relocate to another location. All three locations have been closed during…

New Local Restaurant Adapting

Sebastiano’s Deli has decided not to have indoor seating during any phase of Oregon’s reopening. Instead, owners Elise and Daniel Gold are interested in a new approach to serving their hungry customers. Sebastiano’s launch this month exceeded their expectations. They served over 200 customers in the first ten days. Since opening with pickup service, a…

Pottery Fun Closing on Stark

Pottery Fun is closing its store in Old Town Montavilla. For Rent signs are now posting in the window of the longtime staple of Stark street. Located at 7821 SE Stark Street, Pottery Fun offered craft activities for individuals and groups. Pottery Fun temporarily closed March 16th, in response to COVID-19 containment efforts. The website…

Parking Plazas on Stark

As Montavilla restaurants and bars continue to reopen, Parking Plazas are now appearing on SE Stark Street. Businesses are converting parking spaces to extensions of their regular indoor seating. Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) offers Healthy Businesses permits, enabling the closure of curbside parking and streets. These spaces allow business to distance customers from one-another,…

Threshold Creates a Parking Plaza

Threshold Brewing & Blending is one of the first Montavilla businesses to setup a PBOT sanctioned Parking Plaza. This outdoor seating option takes over designated street parking spaces. The additional space allows businesses to serve customers outside and reduces the risk of spreading COVID-19. Located at 403 SE 79th Ave, Threshold Brewing & Blending offers…

Lazy Susan’s Curbside Open

Along SE 80th, a large grill cooks sizzling meat. Staff at Lazy Susan have not yet settled on an official opening date, however they have started curbside service for Montavilla locals. Lazy Susan is located at 7937 SE Stark on the corner of SE 80th Ave and Stark Street. They had intended to open months…

Montavilla Street Fair 2020 Canceled

This years Montavilla Street Fair has been canceled in response to COVID-19. The annual event was set to occur on July 26th and would have been on SE Stark street, as it has for many years. The event is hosted by the Montavilla East Tabor Business Association (METBA). METBA President, Pete Dills, announced the cancelation…

Redwood Opening June 24th – UPDATED

UPDATE – Redwood restaurant has decided to push back their opining until Wednesday Jun 24th. Jessie Hawkins, Front of the House Manager at Redwood, informed Montavilla News about the change. In a text message she wrote “The numbers were not looking good so we hesitated to prep a bunch of food before we knew for sure.” This…

Montavilla Station Set to Reopen Friday – UPDATED

UPDATE – Due to Governor Kate Brown decision to pause reopening efforts, Montavilla Station announced they will not reopen as planned. The below message appeared on the bar’s FaceBook page. “We are NOT able to open Friday June 12th. We MAY be able to open Friday June 19th. Stay tuned….“ Original Post from June 9th…

Roscoe’s Limited Opening Friday.

Roscoe’s bar will be reopening Friday at 3 PM, with limited service. They are located at 8105 SE Stark Street and offer beet on tap and southern cuisine. A note is posted on Roscoe’s webcam, where it regularly displays a live feed of beers on tap. It reads “We will open for Carry-out Beer +…

Tinker Tavern to Start Construction

Last week Tinker Tavern received building permits for for their new Montavilla Tavern. This project has been delayed due to COVID-19 related shutdowns and was in a holding pattern, waiting for the city’s approval. Now work will begin in just a few weeks. Tinker Tavern is going to have an “old school tavern look… classic.”…

Sebastiano’s Opening June 3rd

One of Montavilla’s newest foodie destinations is set to open next month, with some constraints. Sebastiano’s had been scheduled to open two months ago but was delayed due to Oregon’s shutdown. Now they plan to open with a limited schedule, that will expand over time. Sebastiano’s will be open starting in June, Wednesday Thursday and…

Wix Insurance Opening on Glisan

Wix Insurance is moving off of SE Stark and into their own building at 7300 NE Glisan Street. The once red brick building on the corner of NE 73rd and Glisan, now features a fresh coat of paint. Inside only cosmetic updates are being worked on. Already a Montavilla business, Wix Insurance Agency plans to…

Making Sure the Last to Reopen, Can

Our Academy Theater has anchored Montavilla Town since its opening in 1948. It closed as a theater in the 1970s and operated as an office. 2006 saw its return to glory as a movie house. Modern issues have threatened the viability of the Academy Theater. Whether it was the conversion from film to digital or…

Effect of Staying Home on Where We Go-out

It has almost been a month of empty streets and closed shops. Even if you are safe and secure during this time, you are looking around at the businesses in the neighborhood and hoping they will survive. There are some programs to help these small businesses but not enough, and certainly they are not timely…

Neighborhood U-Haul Location

Although not a new business in Montavilla, ATC Autobody & Paint is making their U-Haul services more noticeable along Stark Street. Located at 8120 SE Stark Street, they are walking distance from many local businesses and bus stops. So if your lumber from Mr. Plywood will not fit your car or you are moving, remember…

Windy Farmers Market Open

The opening weekend of the 2020 Montavilla Farmers Market was a cold and windy one. Vendors could all be seen holding onto their canopies while trying to assist customers. The number of booths and customers were smaller usual, although it is early in the season for many crops. The cold weather brough an unexpected March…

Long Lines at PDX Cookie CO. Opening

At the time of opening, the line had already stretched around the block. The opening day at PDX Cookie Co. was a success, and it was obvious just two hours in to the day. People had come from near and far to show support and buy their sweets. Some people came from as far as…

Changes at Country Cat

UPDATE – Portland Monthly has written an article about the Lazy Susan taking over the Country Cat location. The article includes the below image showing a rendering of the interior. The mozaic cat that once marked the Montavilla icon, Country Cat, has been chipped away. The Country Cat closed last August without much explanation. It…

Sebastiano’s replacing Heartbreaker

It looks like Heartbreaker Neighborhood Kitchen’s temporary closure may be more permanent. Eater Portland has a write up of the future Sebastiano’s Italian deli going into 411 SE 81st Avenue. They will offer prepared food, wines, and specialty pantry items. Sebastiano’s website is not yet live but look for updates at sebastianospdx.com. We will add…

New Bar coming to Montavilla Town

A new permit application, for 7980 SE STARK Street, marks a change of occupancy and renovations to support a new bar. The application is on the behalf of Erik Mahan and House Policy LLC. with a reported budget of $110,192. This is the space formerly occupied by Eco Baby Gear, who recently moved to a…

White Rabbit Taking Teahouse Space

The Townshend Montavilla Teahouse, at 7940 SE Stark Street, closed this winter quietly after only three years. Although longtime residents were more loyal to the Bipartisan Cafe across the street, it was a nice addition to the Montavilla town. Fortunately the space is set to open to a new tenant soon. White Rabbit is slated…