Win Gift Certificate ($50): Central Kitchen Features 6 Restaurants in One Location in SE Portland | Now Open For Dine-In & Takeout, Save 25% on Dine-In
We are giving away a $50 gift certificate for dine-in at Central Kitchen. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed November 2.
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Central Bowl, Arcade & Food Hall
808 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214
Two longtime Portland food restaurateurs, John Plew and Keith Castro, have announced the launch of Central Kitchen, an online food hall with six virtual restaurants and one shared kitchen. Central Kitchen will focus on take out and delivery from its location inside the newly branded Central Bowl, Arcade & Food Hall (formerly Grand Central Restaurant & Bowling Lounge) at 808 SE Morrison St.
Six diverse restaurants have been developed for Central Kitchen, each featuring scratch-made food that’s cravable with big flavors. Soy Joy Kitchen specializes in rice bowls, sushi, ramen, and other Asian favorites. BYOBurger offers customizable burgers, fresh blended milkshakes, three kinds of French fries, plus crispy tots and onion rings. Tortilla Sunrise serves street tacos, burritos, nachos, and bowls. Southern Jewel offers Southern fried chicken, Nashville hot chicken, sliders and Southern specialties. Killer Wings serves boneless and traditional wings with a variety of sauces. These five restaurants will be anchored by a sixth, Thirsty Lion Gastropub, which features starters, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and specialties. Nearly every restaurant offers vegetarian options. Each restaurant has its own menu, logo, and packaging, yet all menu items will be ordered from one central website at CentralKitchenPDX.com.
“We’ve been incubating this idea of a kitchen with no dining room, focusing on take out and delivery, for the last year,” explained Plew, President and CEO of Concept Entertainment (CEG), which owns the Grand Central building in the heart of Southeast Portland. “The pandemic really put the process into hyperspeed. The mandated shutdown caused us to reassess the Grand Central Restaurant & Bowling Lounge: we had a kitchen, off-street parking, and a dedicated team that could make this idea a reality. We chose to rebrand as Central Bowl, Arcade & Food Hall and can’t wait to share this exciting new concept with the local community!”
Customers and delivery drivers––Central Kitchen will also be available from the main food delivery services––will pick up orders from a window that is being created from a newly renovated space at 816 SE 8th Ave. A number of parking spaces will be designated for take out orders in the parking lot on the west side of the building.
Plew and Castro have worked together for a decade at CEG, a hospitality management company headquartered in Portland. Plew originally brought Castro on board as VP of Food and Beverage Executive Chef to elevate Thirsty Lion’s food platform. Castro previously served as Executive Chef for Pacific Coast Restaurants, which included City Grill, Henry’s Tavern, Stanfords, and Newport Bay. CEG is the outfit behind the Gypsy, The Lotus, and other Portland hot spots; it is perhaps best known for founding Thirsty Lion Gastropub and Grill and scaling the brand to expand regionally. Thirsty Lion operated in downtown Portland from 2006 to 2017 and still has Oregon locations in Tigard and Hillsboro, plus eight stores in Arizona, Colorado, and Texas. In 2018, Full Service Restaurant News (FSR) named Thirsty Lion one of 12 of the most successful emerging restaurant chains in the country.
View menus, place orders and learn more at CentralKitchenPDX.com and engage on social media @CentralKitchenPDX.
Fun!! Been working in the food industry for over 10 years and now I work in hospitality. Would love to share this with my boyfriend see the awesome work these Portland chefs are doing!! 🙂 PICK ME!
Please pick me – I would love an opportunity to enjoy this with my husband!
I love this…What a great idea!!!
I’m hungry and ready to try it all!!
Get in my BELLY….. would LUV to check out the new place since the restaurant conversion. Please and thank you…..
I think it’s amazing that central kitchen has adjusted to these COVID times. I am super excited to try out what they have been working so hard to produce!
This is great. I have enjoyed Pine Street much in the past. I love the idea of one stop with many options.
sounds like yummy, yummy food.
I’d like to have some crispy tater tots please. Thanks.
Yes this would be perfect dont always want same thing as someone else. Enjoy some yummy food.
Oh, I would love to try this out.
I’m tired of cooking at home due to the Covid virus. Would love to win this.
I’m getting hungry reading all this. Please pick me to try the food. Thanks.
This would be so nice.
I’d love to try the street tacos.
mmm would love this to treat my friends to some good food & times 🙂
Yum! Sounds like a fun date.
Perfect time to try new restaurants since my weigh loss journey bagan last year
Just moved from New York and this would be a perfect welcome to PDX treat! I need it after that 50-hour drive coast to coast! 😱
Very interesting, and looks very inviting and tasty! Would love to be considered for the $50 gift certificate to introduce my family and friends !!
Can’t wait to try these places! New restaurants keep things exciting in these weird times.
I’ve not been to these types of restaurants before and am curious
Six food places in one location. How cool is this?
I think this would be fun to eat here. It would be like being a kid in a candy shop. To pick which is the best candy.
It finally feels safe to eat out again. I’m looking forward to trying this place with my husband. We live in SW but love SE!
sounds like a swell time!
I’d love to win this!
I’ve been trying to convince my sister that Portland’s cuisine is better than what we had back home in the Midwest; this would be the perfect opportunity!
Sounds great. My girlfriend has a birthday in a week and I am having a hard time thinking outside of the box. I’d love to check this place out. We both love to eat.
i love food!!!
I like the idea of an online food hall! I haven’t been to any food court/hall location since moving here yet and the chance to see local restaurants in one place is great!
MMM. Sounds Tasty!
The love of good food, great company, makes for unforgettable memories. Would love to be a part of this!
Today is November 1 and a new month for entering contests so here I am entering for good food.
Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down!
Oh soo hungry!
Challenge accepted. Two place for breakfast, two for lunch and two for dinner. I’ll be stuffed, but I’m willing to sacrifice!!!
I would love to show my 94-year old grandmother some new cuisines while she is still with us.
New to town and would love to check this out!
Love to see new places opening during these weird times. Would love to check them out
Central kitchen sounds like an amazing ghost kitchen that knows what they’re doing when it comes to pleasing every taste and craving! My mouth was watering just reading about all of the foods- especially Soy Joy Kitchen! Thanks for this giveaway and the chance to make my belly very happy!
This would be one tasty win! Thank you for this chance PDX pipeline. <3
My roommates and I are new to the city and haven’t been able to get out and enjoy a lot of Portland food. This would be a great excuse to get out there and try some!
This would be epic! So excited to have takeout options and many different cuisines. It’s one of the best parts of living in Portland. Hope I win! Would love to take my person out for a special date to make this an already great experience.
♦♦♦This is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!♦♦♦ I worked in this Area when I was going to College in DT PDX! (Not saying how many years ago! 😉 ) I would have loved to have this kind of option to get food heading from School to Work & Vice -Versa! #FabFoodOptions!!☺☺☺ TY~
Want to try some of the specialties please.
I’m craving a fresh blended milkshake now.
i love this idea! i am always up for a new meal!
It’s innovative thinking like this that’s going to get us throw quarantine! I would love to check out these restaurants and then struggle to decide which to pick…. a gift card would help me justify picking several 🤤
Have yet to enjoy Portland food scene
I would love to check out a new spot in PDX. I have been an essential worker throughout this whole pandemic putting myself on the front lines of this and feel like I deserve something special.
Sounds fun! Something for everyone!
Would be great to get out to eat! Been a member of the SE Community for many years. Always great to have a new place to try 🙂 !
Such a cool and tasty concept!!! I can’t wait to try it out!!!!
Would love to win a special meal for my boyfriend and I. We are moving in together and this could be a fun way to celebrate!
My tummy’s grumbling just reading about this!
So many great options in 1 place. Would love to check it out!
Would love to support these local businesses!
I would love to try some new places!
Sounds good. I might be hungry that day! 😋
I’ve been wanting to try this place!
Let’s eat some good quality food. Now that’s what I’m talking about.
I’d love to have a day or night out where I’m not cooking dinner for us please.
Are you kidding? If there’s a better giveaway than this one, then send me to your leader. Please pick me. I will make it part of my wife’s birthday month.
I love food 😊
I’d really love to go, sounds like a lot of fun.
Great use of space. And when things open back up, they will be ready to go for the public as well!
This sounds tasty!
I’ve been so excited to go here!
I’m always hungry so please pick me!!
Will be nice to take my husband out he works so much needs a break and we love good food 🌝
lots of choices and variety. Such a neat co-lab. So cool! Enter me in to join the contest. Yay
What a wonderful treat this would be! I’d love to win to take my partner out on a date night, we love exploring new spots and supporting local business (they need the support now more than ever)!
It sounds like an amazing date idea, to try different restaurants together!
I would love to check out and support local businesses.
Sounds delicious! My family and I would love to try it.
My partner and I are new to the area and would love to explore more of the unique foods around us.
Are we allowed to thank the chefs after we eat?
I would love a big juicy burger. Yum.
Nashville Hot Chicken sounds really good .
I’m so hungry. Pick me.
Sounds delicious! Would love to win this!
I always love to try out new places!
We would love to be considered for this because it sounds like a fun way to try new foods!
I’m ready to try something fun and new…
Sounds totally AMAZING! Portland always has such a diverse and interesting array of food products for even the most picky pallets.
I would love to have a meal not cooked by me!
One of my favorite things in life is food so let’s eat now. Yummy.
I want to get some meat and potatoes. That’s the kind of man I am. A meat and potatoes guy.
This would be cool
This would be rad
Dine in please. Thanks.
Take out for sure. This sounds so cool. Count me in.
Today is Sunday and I’m watching a football game. Hope the Seahawks win. Thinking about food and thought I’d enter this contest.
This is a wonderful giveaway! My birthday is this month and my husband and I would enjoy this.
take out at home this winter! Sounds amazing <3
This would be Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!!☺☺☺
This would be a great opportunity to experience new restaurants
This would be amazing great date day fun. Its been awhile
Great idea- good to see restaurants change and adapt. Looking forward to trying it.
Needs easy take out family option concept- like the roast chicken dinner with sides that gusto was used to have. Saved us many times when we had small kids.
FOOD AND FUN! yum
this would be awesome and a nice experience.
A night out would be fun !
I love the variety of the food offered.
Grew up in SE PDX and moved Westside but I still love to go back to my roots and enjoy the huge improvement in business, food, beer . Hawthorne rules!
It’s ankles away as I bite into some soul food.