Portland's first downtown streetside coffee kiosk is opening in a former Trimet bus shelter.
The last downtown Portland Trimet bus shelter to survive from the 1970s is reopening today--as a streetside coffee kiosk.
The kiosk, located on SW Fifth Avenue between Main and Salmon streets, has been in the works for three years.
The idea behind the project was to preserve some of the historical features of the original downtown transit mall after its recent renovation. [Owner Nicole] McClelland attributes the delay from conception to reality to the city's wish to work around other downtown construction projects and avoid work during holiday and other high-traffic periods. Recent construction work has involved demolition and reconstruction of large swaths of the sidewalk area between the Congress Center and the kiosk. Regulars have been checking on the progress of the kiosk for months.
Decked out with new equipment and fancy granite trim -- but still sporting an old bus route map as a reminder of its past -- the new Caffe Viale kiosk will include savory hand pies and ice cream on its menu, with an emphasis on quick, easily transportable items. It won't be serving some of the plated options available in the lobby outlet. Both will sell Caffé Umbria coffee and pastries.
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