Falafel House in St. Johns Has Closed

August claims two of Portland’s best vegetarian shawarma carts.

Saturday, Aug. 28, was the final day for St. Johns vegetarian falafel cart Falafel House. Falafel House’s excellent shawarma fries will be missed—they were so good you barely noticed the protein was marinated soy curls, not chicken.

“After six years here in St Johns we are closing the cart,” Falafel House announced via Instagram.

“Details about the next chapter aren’t yet clear enough to share, but this isn’t the end! Keep an eye on this account for updates,” the announcement continued. “Stay safe, masked, and well fed until we see you next!”

The loss of Falafel House puts Portland at a two-cart deficit for vegetarian falafel exiting the month of August. Monday, Aug. 9, was the last day for another long-standing plant-based falafel stronghold, Wolf & Bear’s.

Falafel House didn’t say why it was closing, but a post preceding the closure announcement described a break-in April 30 in which the cart’s tablet and phone were stolen and the business’s funds hacked.

The cart assured followers: “For those offering to donate funds, we appreciate your generosity, but we’ll be alright. Instead of donating to us, consider tipping generously wherever you pick up takeout in the coming weeks. This difficult industry has been more demanding than ever lately.”

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