After a whirlwind year of rapid cart expansions and the accumulation of a hungry, real-food-focused fanbase, the team behind the West Coast's first 100% Paleo food cart Cultured Caveman is putting the finishing touches on their first brick-and-mortar location. Owners Heather Hunter and Joe Ban successfulyl crowdfunded their first cart in 2012, and found repeat success with the community support of their Kenton neighborhood dining room (set to take over the former E-San Thai space the first week of June. For the uninitiated, Paleo is a modern food movement celebrating dishes with no gluten, no dairy, no added sugar, no processed foods, no soy, and no legumes—inspired by the healthy, fresh, and unprocessed diets of our Paleolithic ancestors. I got a sneak preview of the counter-service North Portland restaurant—decked out in 500 feet of reclaimed barn wood and plenty of Salted Chocolate Bacon Chunk Cookies—an in-house Paleo market stocked with grain-free goodies, hard-to-find paleo products, t-shirts, and beverages, and a dino-centric play area for the cavekids.
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