Openings

People of Montavilla expresses excitement when there is a new restaurant, new business, new store, completed remodel, and seasonal opening. Here are all the articles that cover those events.


TriMet Opens New SE Division Platform

Friday morning TriMet announced the opening of their new platform serving the Division Transit Project. This event celebrated the fifty-percent completion point for the Rapid Bus initiative. When finished, it promises to deliver fast transportation from Gresham to Downtown Portland along 15 miles of the number 2 bus line. TriMet’s Interim General Manager, Sam Desue Jr.,…

Hundreds Gather at Harrison Park to End Asian Hate

UPDATE – The event completed with an estimated one thousand participants. The Oregonian offers details from the March 26th gathering. Hundreds of Portlanders have gathered at Harrison Park to speak out against violence targeting Asian people and Asian-owned businesses. Crowds began arriving before 4 PM and continue to flood the streets surrounding the public park…

Enchilada Express Opens on Division

Enchilada Express opened its second location this week. The new restaurant, serving Mexican food, is open for takeout. Located on SE Division next to the recently completed Pacific Plaza, this additional location is in the heart of a rapidly growing section of Montavilla. Located at 8245 SE Division Street, this Enchilada Express location joins the original restaurant…

AYCO Opens Center at TBN site

African Youth & Community Organization (AYCO) recently relocated to Montavilla on NE Glisan. Located at 432 NE 74th Ave, the group offers support services and youth mentoring for the African immigrant and refugee community. The expanded space obtained through this move allows their programs to grow, even while social distancing during COVID-19 restrictions. Executive Director Jamal Dar founded…

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 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…

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.…

METBA Bingo Underway

The Montavilla East Tabor Business Association (METBA) started a nine-week long contest this week. Its goal is to support local businesses by encouraging residents to patronize shops in the area. Dubbed Bingo, this program enters contestants into a weekly drawing for one $100 gift card. METBA will post a list of business locations on their website for the…

MNA’s 2020 Online Election

UPDATE – 2020 Montavilla Neighborhood Association (MNA) elections have two candidates running for open positions on the Board. As both positions are currently unfilled, each candidate is running unopposed. Taylor Wells seeks the position of Public Safety Chair. Jacob Loeb seeks the position of Corresponding Secretary. Elections will be held online starting at 6:30 PM on November 9th, and…

Our Not so Fresh Fresh-air

The smoke has mostly cleared out of the air in Montavilla, but it is not entirely safe to breathe. Greg Bourget, with Portland Clean Air, attended the September 14th Montavilla Neighborhood Association (MNA) meeting to deliver that message. Portland Clean Air is seeking MNA participation with the organization. Bourget attended the meeting to inform the MNA…

Montavilla Public Trash Can Survey

Below is a survey regarding public trash can placement in Montavilla. It is being conducted in cooperation with the Montavilla Neighborhood Association (MNA). The trash can expansion program will use many factors when selecting locations, including input from MNA. Public input through MNA will help direct can placement to areas that need them. Thanks for…

Tree Limb Blocking SE 70th

A tree limb has fallen across SE 70th Ave, blocking traffic and cutting power for local residents. As high winds continue in the Portland area, a large branch has blown loose, bringing down power lines and striking the house at 6934 E Burnside Street. Crews are on-site, removing the tree and working to restore power.…

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…

Food Hall Opening Weekend

This weekend marked the opening of Montavilla’s newest food hall. A hand-painted sign hangs over the doors of Rocket Empire Machine, announcing the location to the passersby. Inside are five new destinations for hungry and thirsty customers. Located at 6935 NE Glisan Street, this highly anticipated opening attracted interest around Montavilla and beyond. Each unique location brings something special…

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…

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…

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…

New Pediatric Clinic Opening on NE Glisan – OPEN

UPDATE – Northern Pediatrics is now accepting new patients. They have signage up on both street facing sides of the building and have posted a new phone number to call. Patients can now call 503-255-1432 to schedule an appointment. Original Post from May 12th Northern Pediatrics is set to open the first week of June at…

Montavilla Saloon Opening Friday – UPDATED

UPDATE – Due to Governor Kate Brown decision to pause reopening efforts, Montavilla Saloon will not be opining today. The below note was was posted on the businesses’ FaceBook Page. “We’re out here getting ready for you all! Looks like multnomah county will be holding off for yet another week! See you all Friday the 19th! We…

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 +…

Businesses Plan for a Safe Opening

On June 2nd, Montavilla East Tabor Business Association (METBA) held the second of four online business-owner meetups. During the evenings conversation, business owners and community members discussed how they plan to reopen. The presenter reviewed Oregon’s Statewide Guidance with attendees. Each participant then outlined what they are doing, or will do, as part of opening…

Businesses Band Together

Last night the Montavilla East Tabor Business Association (METBA) held the first in a series of online business owner meetups. METBA has held many in person meetups, however this is the first time taking it online. What has traditionally been a social gathering, these meetups have taken on a more serious tone. All the subjects…

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…

Farmers Market Open Again

Many vendors have returned to the Montavilla Farmers Market today, May 3rd. The market has expanded into some of the area that had once been part of Beets Auto Body, to allow for greater distance between vendors. This is to facilitate walking past each other with at least six feet of clearance. They have expanded…

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…

PDX Cookie Co. Grand Opening

UPDATE: They opened, the opening day featured here. While walking along Stark, anyone accompanied by a child or someone with a sweet tooth, has been notified about the opening of PDX Cookie Co. Often by a shout and some finger pointing by your walking partner. There is a general excitement about having a sweets shop…