SE 82nd Avenue may soon have a new food cart pod near the popular SE Stark shopping area. A recent Early assistance the app has revealed plans for the large corner property on SE 82nd Avenue at SE Ash Street. The new owner of 218 SE 82nd Avenue wants to demolish existing recreational vehicle (RV) sales buildings and build a food cart pod with canopy structure and other amenities.
B&U Properties purchased the corner lot used by Budget RV Center in November 2021. The same limited company had recently acquired three lots adjacent to the RV sale property in June 2021. B&U Properties is owned by Uday Seelam, who previously operated a food cart business and has experience in the restaurant industry.
The combined site owned by B&U Properties is 260 feet long and 100 feet deep, making it a sizable dining spot with parking space and dozens of food carts. The proposal for the site includes the addition of water and sewer services to support food carts, as well as a shared garbage enclosure. Crews will reconstruct the existing commercial driveway and add a pedestrian entrance from 82nd Avenue SE. They will also provide modular bathrooms on site, similar to the facilities installed at The courtyard of Montavilla food cart pod.
This new food cart pod would be Montavilla’s second culinary collective opened in the past few years. The courtyard of Montavilla greeted guests a year ago, just two blocks north. A month before the inauguration of the Yard, the Oregon Collective Restaurants (CORE) to 3612 SE 82nd Avenue opened near SE Powell Blvd. If approved, this new module could create a competitive market for food cart operators looking for low rent while staying in the same neighborhood. This project is in the early stages of development and likely won’t begin construction until 2023.