Salt & Straw’s Northwest PDX Expansion

Portland’s fastest-growing ice cream empire is heading across the river, which means double the chances for outrageous flavor combinations and local foodie collaborations.

By Allison Jones December 16, 2011

Move over visions of sugarplums, this Christmas the dreamy flavors are frozen: Salt & Straw ice cream—one of Portland Monthly’s Best New Restaurants for 2011—is about to get even bigger. The Oregonian’s Michael Russell broke the news of a second location of the ice cream empire, set to debut on NW 23rd and Kearny next Spring.

The small space was most recently home to a Mio Gelato outpost, but is perhaps best known to long-time locals as a Torrefazione cafe—the former stomping grounds of Salt & Straw owner Kim Malek herself. Malek is excited to rekindle the location’s coffee-fueled past, as plans for the new space include a.m. hours and full coffee service powered by Stumptown (a welcome addition to NW 23rd’s caffeination options that are currently limited to a few Starbucks).

What to expect at the new location: Big windows that can be thrown open in warm weather, a sidewalk cafe vibe (complete with extended food menu), and plenty of new flavor concoctions from head ice cream maker Tyler Malek. In the works? A collaboration with Bamboo Sushi chefs who will be taking over the adjacent space on NW 23rd. If anyone could make seaweed ice cream sell like vanilla, it’s this talented team. Stay tuned for more news and photos of the new space as the opening creeps closer.

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