Find out why many people are walking one block from MAX for their coffee and lunch, now that this place is open …
Story and photos by David F. Ashton
After being closed for several years, beginning after Russellville Park II was opened, at the corner of SE 102nd Avenue and E. Burnside Street in outer East Portland, the Park News Café has reopened.
Members of the East Portland Chamber of Commerce were invited to an official opening of the café, located about 200 steps south of the MAX Light Rail stop on September 12.
New customers Paul Hill and Nikolaus Hill are greeted at Park News Café by partners Terra Bawden, Erin Mason, and Brent Mason.
He took on the challenge of the café, said partner Brent Mason, because he’s an entrepreneur. “We found out about the opportunity at this location while working with Russellville Park – that they had the space available. They were motivated to open up the shop.”
So, along with his wife, Erin Mason, and partner Terra Bawden, he set about cleaning up the shop, searching for vendors, and preparing to open.
“Terra has always wanted to work in a café, and has had a passion for this,” Mason explained. “We decided to put some of our capital to work, along with her passion, and open a café.”
Customers enjoy top quality foods and beverages at Park News Café.
They serve the finest products, Mason said, including:
- Dovetail Coffee, locally roasted in Beaverton;
- Marsee Baking pastries;
- Rose City Pepperheads pepper jelly;
- Tea Guys quality tea;
- Nuts-N-More peanut butter and nut spreads.
“We’re one of the few places in Portland where you can buy Nuts-N-More products,” Mason said proudly.
In addition to light breakfast fare, they also serve lunch, he added.
“We have both sandwiches and salads. Our most popular salad is ‘Walnut Apple’, followed closely by our ‘Chicken Caesar’ salad. Ham, turkey, and roast beef are available on every sandwich. It’s not a foot long, but it is really good,” Mason smiled.
Stop by and get some good food, served by friendly people.
With a snip of giant ceremonial shears, the Park News Cafe officially opens for business.
Park News Cafe
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 am until 3 pm
75 SE 103rd Ave, Portland, OR 97216
See their web page: CLICK HERE.
Follow what’s happening on their Facebook page: CLICK HERE.
Parking on the street, or underground garage, around the corner.
© 2013 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News