We all know Portland loves its food halls! With a few smaller ones around the city, and then, of course, the big Pine Street Market, food halls are perfect for going to one central location and being able to have options for every taste bud with some Portland favorites! Food halls are like elevated mall food courts, and this new one opening in June of 2020 is no exception.
Irving Street Kitchen partner and chef wanted to experience eating out differently. They started thinking of ideas similar to Florence’s Mercato Centrale, a place for shopping, eating, drinking coffee, grabbing flowers, and knowing your butcher. The two came up with the tentative name “La Cooperativa” which will open at 1250 NW 9th with the hopeful date of June this year.
The market will be a neighborhood hub on the ground level in the new Tanner Point building. It will be 5,000 square feet with different vendors. There will be local coffee, pastries, flowers, and a small market. Depending on the time of day, guests can get pasta or pizza. Getting pasta will be an experience unlike getting Italian at a restaurant, as it will be a pasta bar run by Irving Street Kitchen chef who studied pasta in Italy. There will be eight pastas and sauces so guests can craft their pasta dish to eat at the market or take home for a delicious take out meal.
The market will also sell Roman pizza sold by the weight and a small bar with a fireplace serving Italian-inspired drinks and Italian and local wines (because what’s a bar in Portland without local wine?).
Other ideas for the market in the works are gelato and local makers! We cannot wait to dine and wine like Italians at this new market that is sure to be a hit with Portlanders. It is the first of its kind here. We will be sure to keep you updated on the progress over the next few months.