Much anticipated Pine Street Market set to open May 1

Pine Street Market is located at the corner of Southwest 2nd and Pine Street. (KATU Photo)

Perhaps Portland's most-anticipated new food destination, Pine Street Market, has set it's opening day for May 1.

Eight restaurateurs from around Portland (and one from Japan) have set their sights on new concepts to flesh out what could be called a high-end food court.

Olympia Provisions has "OP Wurst," or as co-owner Nate Tilden says, "Our best wurst, every time."

It's a concept they've been doing as "Frankfurter Fridays" at their Southeast location for the past few years. Now they're bringing the upscale hot dog to Pine Street Market.

"It's hot dogs with all kinds of crazy toppings," says Tilden. Plus, you can have an adult beverage of choice, including champagne. "Because," Tilden adds, "Who doesn't want champagne with their hot dog?"

Additional stalls include roast chicken from the people behind Toro Bravo at Pollo Bravo. Same family, different chef, can be found at a spot called "Shalom Y'all." Barista Coffee is doing the "Brass Bar." Ken Forkish, who's behind Ken's Artisan Pizza, is here with "Trifecta Annex." The lone non-local outlet is Marukin. The ramen shop straight from Tokyo already has a bustling outlet in Southeast doing 350 bowls of noodle soup per afternoon. These are the only locations outside of Japan.

Portland's ice cream superstars, Salt & Straw, have a new concept for Pine Street, too, called "Wiz Bang Bar." And foot traffic will be served from a convenient walk-up window on Pine Street itself.

Tyler Malek is the co-founder and head ice cream maker. He describes the idea, "It's very nostalgic," he says. "I like to think of it as a Tastee Freeze meets a chef's counter."

High demand is already driving Malek to open Wiz Bang Bar before the Market's official opening. You can check it out beginning Saturday, April 16.

The building Pine Street is located in was originally the Portland Baggage & Carriage Company, and was built in 1886. It's on the National Register of Historic Places, and developer Jean-Pierre Veillet, a Portland native, wanted to keep as much of the original building as they could as they moved it into the 21st century. There are some beams and other pieces they tore out, but those have been kept and re-used. They've also kept the huge skylight on the third floor and created a replica water tower on the roof which houses a huge array for a cellphone provider.

Twenty thousand square feet of office space will house GuideSpark, a tech company, that's moving its creative office from the Bay Area. They are the only other tenants besides the restaurateurs on the ground floor.

Longtime Portlanders will remember the building as the Quest nightclub. Veillet says the development is already changing the face of the Old Town/Skidmore District.

"Buildings that were empty are being leased out," he says.

Mike Thelin, who's behind Feast Portland, helped curate the food hall. He says, the buzz on Pine Street Market is unlike anything they have ever seen.

As of May 1, Pine Street Market will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. It's located at the corner of Southwest 2nd and Pine Street in Portland.

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