Mayor Charlie Hales has not given up on his plan for a food cart pod in front of City Hall.
Far from it: An email obtained by WW shows the city's facilities department has persuaded three new food carts to open Tuesday in the courtyard in front of City Hall.
The carts are Al Forno Ferruzza, Saigon Noodle and Olympic Provisions.
Hales set up the City Hall picnic area in July to replace homeless campsites he swept from the Southwest 4th Avenue sidewalk. But the only cart to move in front of the building—downtown stalwart Fuego Burrito—quickly fled down the street, citing slow business and harassment by homeless protesters.
That setback has apparently not deterred Hales, whose weekly calendar includes an appointment for 11:45 am tomorrow for a "facilities event." Which cart will he choose for lunch?
UPDATE, 2:26 pm: Hales' spokeswoman KC Cowan confirms the relaunch of the City Hall cart pod. She says the mayor is hoping the new carts will avoid harassment through safety in numbers.
"We are all hoping that that is not going to be an issue," Cowan says. "We have three carts, not just one. The one person felt a little intimidated being alone there."
ORIGINAL POST, 2:03 pm: Here's the complete text of today's email, sent from the facilities department to all city employees.
From: Gibson, Wendy
Sent: Monday, October 14, 2013 1:24 PM
To: Portland Building All; City Hall Employees; 1900 Building - ALL
Subject: City Hall Food Carts Open this Tuesday!
City Hall Food Carts Open this Tuesday
Facilities Services is happy to announce a new dining option for our neighborhood! Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, October 15, the City Hall courtyard will have three food cart vendors providing convenient food options for City employees and the community.
These food carts are part of a pilot program that will offer a diverse selection of food and styles. We plan to rotate these food carts periodically to encourage seasonal offerings and variety. Indoor and outdoor seating is also available. Come try the new food options!
Tuesday’s weather is looking sunny and clear – a perfect day to get out and try some new food. The following carts will be serving food beginning tomorrow:
Al Forno Ferruzza
Offers authentic Sicilian cuisine made in the traditional hot oven baking style using local Northwest ingredients. Their menu features locally sourced healthy options, including gluten-free and vegan dishes.
Serves traditional Vietnamese dishes such as salad rolls with chicken or tofu, Vietnamese PHO style rice noodle soup, rice bowls with chicken, beef, or tofu.
Focuses on house-made, all natural sausages and other meat products, including what they believe is the premier hot dog in the country. Selling packaged salami to take away and eat back at your desk is also a possibility.
Join us in welcoming these businesses to the new space and head over soon to enjoy some good food!
See you there,
City of Portland