One of Portland's pioneering food carts is closing up shop.
Opened in 2009, Nong's signature chicken-and-rice dish became one of Portland's most iconic foods, helping usher in the local food cart boom. The business has since expanded into two brick-and-mortar restaurants, including one only a few blocks from the original location.
"It's sad," owner Nong Poonsukwattana told Portland Monthly. "You know, I met so many people there. The cart has given me everything."
While the closure is sudden, it's not entirely surprising: plans for the 12-story, 197-room Moxy Hotel were approved in May. According to architecture firm the DLR Group, there are plans to install food carts on the ground floor of the hotel.