Belmont Station’s New Patio & Italian Market Now Open
The long-awaited new patio at Portland’s premier bottleshop, Belmont Station, quietly flung open its doors to the public this week, along with new on-site food cart The Italian Market. The spacious new building addition is an extension of the biercafe and can be reached down a hallway from the bar or through its own entrance off of SE 45th Street, where the brand new The Italian Market faces street traffic.
The airy new space with tall ceilings and big roll-up doors with lots of glass brings in a surprising amount of natural light and adds a great breezy feeling to the picnic table filled space. Salvaged vintage beer signage and artwork fills the walls with outdoor tiled flooring and a welcome 2nd bathroom occupying the large room. Out the doors of the expansion space is a true outdoor patio with gravel laid down and room to add patio tables and some raised flower beds.
Another welcome addition to patrons and staff of Belmont Station is the brand new on-site food cart The Italian Market, which specializes in Philadelphia-inspired braised pork, hand-crafted cheese, and roasted tomato sandwiches. Their tagline is “Cheesesteaks are for tourists.” Vegetarians and vegans are not forgotten on the menu with options like the Passyunk with baked eggplant, roasted peppers & fennel, along with a housemade mozzarella and pesto, or the fresh Panzanella Salad with crusty bread. Vegans can even sub out for a housemade vegan mozzarella.
Meat eaters will love the Ellsworth Italian Beef Brisket with roasted tomatoes, which I tried on a recent visit. My only complaint is that these soft juicy sandwiches eat like delicious sloppy joes and almost call for a bib in addition to your napkins. The well-cooked juicy pork–with just enough sauce–was delicious with the cool and hot horseradish mayo and vinegary pepperoncinis. I look forward to going back to try the Meatball Sub and the housemade pasta special (only available on the weekend.)
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The Italian Market’s hours will keep pace with Belmont Station to offer food until the bar closes down at 11pm most nights and 9pm Sundays, but it’s not yet open for lunch. Most menu items are reasonably priced around $8.
Belmont Station’s new patio will stay open to 11pm like the rest of the bar.
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Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: SamuraiArtist@NewSchoolBeer.com