HBBA Pres.: Cassie Ridgeway, Altar

think@thinkhawthorne.com

Meetings: Second Wed. at 8 am

Fred Meyer, SE Cesar Chavez Blvd & Hawthorne 503.775.7633 

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Interim President: Cassie Ridgeway, Altar Board meeting: Second Wednesdays at 8 am                     Fred Meyer, SE Cesar Chavez Blvd. & Hawthorne Blvd.  503.775.7633             www.hawthornepdx.com  Matt de Gruyter’s Next Level Burger, a creative plant-based comfort food is coming to SE 41st Ave. and Hawthorne Blvd. in July. The menu will include a handful of burgers made with black beans, rice, tempeh, tofu, wheat, quinoa… essentially, everything but ham.  A few years ago, de Gruyter decided that a plant-based diet was the best choice he could make for both personal and environmental health. Together, de Gruyter and his wife, Cierra, hatched a plan to reinvent fast food with an organic vegan burger joint. The original Bend location has already received praise from visitors from around the globe, including vegan activist Gene Baur. Burger connoisseurs and vegetarian foodies will have to wait until mid to late July for the doors to open. The Maple Parlor will open in the former Swirl space on Hawthorne also in July, with a plant-based, all-natural, Northwest-sourced menu and a whole-foods approach.  They will accommodate all diets and have a rotating menu with healthy ingredients.  Founder April Eklund is a Portland native and a veteran restaurateur. The style will be self-serve and designed for fun.

Looking forward to these new businesses on the Boulevard and appreciate our long-standing businesses that have made the Hawthorne District the special destination that it has become.

National Small Business Week is May 4 to 8 and in Portland SMALL is really BIG, so let’s CELEBRATE by supporting your neighborhood’s businesses!

Hawthorne Street Fair is on August 16. Buskers and other community entertainers are invited to join us for an even more entertaining and enjoyable event.  Send your ideas to  think@thinkhawthorne.com or call Nancy at 503.313.1665. Fourth month’s thank you’s to new HBBA members: ActivSpace, Artichoke Community Music, Portland Cider Company and H&R Block and continuing businesses: 3 Doors Down, Clogs-N-More, Clogs-N-More Kids, Gold Dust Meridian, Hawthorne Fish House, Jackpot Records and Metro Boutique. More acknowledgements next month. Thank you to article sponsors, Hawthorne Vision Center and The SE Examiner and to 2015 HBBA Benefactors to date: New Seasons Market Hawthorne and Hawthorne’s Burgerville.