June 3rd, 2010 | by KELLY CLARKE News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

EAT: Dreamer's Marketplace--a Future MLK Cart Bonanza?

Just when we were getting used to our new cart pod crush on Refuel Station North, word comes that another big food cart pod is about to open. This time it's Dreamer's Marketplace in an old bank parking lot on the west side of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard between Northeast Knott and Graham Streets. The outdoor marketplace, which will also host arts and craft vendors and live music, holds its grand opening on Saturday, June 12, and will run Saturdays and Sundays through the end of summer. According to Dreamers general manager Eric Starr, the market is the brainchild of property leaseholders Karen and Peter Disciascio, the co-owners of the CrossFit training center that last occupied the location.

Starr was nice enough to email me a few more mouthwatering details about the new venture. Viking Soul Food and a chicken n' waffles cart? I am so there.
Our Food Cart Pod has 14- 15 spaces for carts 10 of which have been leased. The carts will begin arriving over the next 30 days or so. Currently we have: The Pepper Box (Pacific NW ingredients with Nuevo New Mexico flair), Toshi's (Japanese /Thai), Tree Bros. (Caribbean Island food), Angels Cabana (El Salvador, Honduras), Bean Scene (coffee and pastries), The Uptown (Stuffed Burgers and Dogs), Wet Hot Beef (Portland's version of Chicago style hot sandwiches), Cilantro and Limón ( Authentic Mexican), Viking Soul Food (Norwegian specialties-lefse bread, smoked fish, lingonberries, etc.), Steve's Chicken and Waffles.

Our Arts, crafts, and other vendors number more than 20 with still room for about 10 more. There are products ranging from jewelry to chicken coops for urban backyards. Also photography, henna, barbecue rubs, ceramics, clothing, painting...

Check out the site plan:

Dreamer's Market Site Plan

GO: Dreamer's Marketplace grand opening takes place Saturday, June 12. For the opening weekend, Emily Herring, Dave Clarke, Mr. Ben and Cosmo the Balloon Wizard will provide entertainment. Dreamer's Marketplace, 2737 NE Martin Luther King Blvd., 780-7776.
 
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