Anchor End Eurocafé and Bakery and Its Beautiful Mural

Photo credit: Anchor End

A new spot is opening up on NE Fremont in the old Thrive Sauce & Bowls space — Anchor End. While I’m sad to see that Thrive shuttered, I’m eager to give Anchor End’s food and drink a try.

One of my morning walks sometimes takes me up the Alameda Ridge, usually for a stop in at the NE Fremont location of Prince Coffee (I love their lattes and the aroma of fresh made stroopwafels). On a recent jaunt up the Ridge I noticed that Thrive had closed (I so enjoyed their healthy salads and bowls) and a “Eurocafé and bakery” named Anchor End is moving in.

Some background on Anchor End

Anchor End started out as a “pretzel shoppe” food trailer in Seattle run by owners (and twins) Amanda and Jessica Lewis, and their work garnered serious praise from the likes of Zagat, Eater, The Stranger, and other local media. They moved south in late October 2018 and their trailer now has a current spot at the Columbia Food Park in Vancouver, WA. The Portland brick & mortar location will be more than pretzels, and will offer Eastern European comfort food, too. That includes some Hungarian sweets, soups, pierogis, dumplings, schnitzel, and ferments/pickles. I’m intrigued by their “Pierogi Benedict” on the brunch menu. Check out their preliminary menu for more info. I’m a huge fan of pierogis and dumplings of all kinds, as well as most Eastern European flavors, so this place is right up my alley.

Anchor End’s social media indicates an opening in the early part of 2019.

The beautiful mural

But before I go, I must mention the beautiful mural that has been painted on the 47th Avenue side of Anchor End’s building. It was recently completed by local artist Rather Severe. Word on the street is that smaller building to the north will also be painted.

Anchor End mural looking north.

Looking south.

Mural detail.

The artist’s signature.

Good luck to the Anchor End folks on their preparations, and see you soon!

Anchor End Eurocafé and Bakery
4641 NE Fremont Street, Portland
anchorend.co | Facebook | Instagram

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Bridgetown Bites is written by Meg Cotner, a food loving freelance writer, editor and published author in Portland, OR.

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