Hotel could replace part of popular downtown Portland food cart pod

A proposed hotel could supplant part of a celebrated downtown Portland food cart pod.

The hotel is proposed at the northwest corner of Southwest 10th Avenue and Alder Street. It’s the smaller part of a food cart pod that spans two blocks, but it includes popular carts like Nong’s Khao Man Gai (which has two other locations, including a brick-and-mortar restaurant) and The Dump Truck.

The proposal, first reported by Willamette Week, is still in its early stages, when developers seek guidance on city requirements to determine if the project is feasible. City documents describe an 11-story, 177-room hotel.

The project appears to be a partnership between DLR Group of Portland and Graves Hospitality of Minneapolis. The lot is owned by the Goodman family, the onetime operators of City Center Parking.

Food cart pods sprung out of the Great Recession as a thriving food scene combined with a glut of underused parking.

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