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 October 26.


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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

“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 and engage on social media @CentralKitchenPDX.




  1. Nicole P Tannarome on October 15, 2020 at 11:36 am

    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!

    • Erica G. on October 16, 2020 at 8:01 pm

      Please pick me – I would love an opportunity to enjoy this with my husband!

    • Rochelle R. on October 22, 2020 at 10:24 pm

      I love this…What a great idea!!!
      I’m hungry and ready to try it all!!

  2. Kat on October 15, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    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!

  3. Suzanne Fox Gatewood on October 15, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    This is great. I have enjoyed Pine Street much in the past. I love the idea of one stop with many options.

  4. jen on October 15, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    sounds like yummy, yummy food.

  5. Christine Skorjanc on October 15, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    Yes this would be perfect dont always want same thing as someone else. Enjoy some yummy food.

  6. AJ on October 15, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    Oh, I would love to try this out.

  7. Carol Lynn Cooper on October 15, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    I’m tired of cooking at home due to the Covid virus. Would love to win this.

  8. Jonas Trekas on October 15, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    I’m getting hungry reading all this. Please pick me to try the food. Thanks.

    • Erica on October 15, 2020 at 3:25 pm

      This would be so nice.

  9. Tarla on October 15, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    mmm would love this to treat my friends to some good food & times 🙂

    • Matt on October 16, 2020 at 2:18 am

      Yum! Sounds like a fun date.

  10. Robyn E on October 15, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    Perfect time to try new restaurants since my weigh loss journey bagan last year

  11. Miguel on October 15, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    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! 😱

  12. misty kjemperud on October 15, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    Very interesting, and looks very inviting and tasty! Would love to be considered for the $50 gift certificate to introduce my family and friends !!

  13. Claire on October 15, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Can’t wait to try these places! New restaurants keep things exciting in these weird times.

  14. r on October 16, 2020 at 9:08 am

    would love

  15. RMH on October 16, 2020 at 9:54 am

    Pick me!

  16. Tu Tran-Alvarez on October 16, 2020 at 11:09 am

    I’ve not been to these types of restaurants before and am curious

  17. Jonas Trekas on October 16, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Six food places in one location. How cool is this?

  18. Carol Cooper on October 16, 2020 at 11:39 am

    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.

    • Samantha on October 18, 2020 at 9:38 pm

      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!

  19. Robert Trombley on October 16, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    sounds like a swell time!

  20. Katherine on October 16, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    I’d love to win this!

  21. Arturo Calilung on October 16, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    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!

  22. Matt on October 16, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    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.

  23. John A Thomas on October 16, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    i love food!!!

  24. Catherine on October 17, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    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!

  25. DawnF on October 17, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    MMM. Sounds Tasty!

    • Melany H on October 18, 2020 at 1:47 pm

      The love of good food, great company, makes for unforgettable memories. Would love to be a part of this!

  26. Jesse on October 18, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down!

  27. Gen on October 19, 2020 at 9:44 am

    Oh soo hungry!

  28. Glenn B. on October 19, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Challenge accepted. Two place for breakfast, two for lunch and two for dinner. I’ll be stuffed, but I’m willing to sacrifice!!!

  29. Andrew Swalko on October 19, 2020 at 10:35 am

    I would love to show my 94-year old grandmother some new cuisines while she is still with us.

  30. Jessica M. on October 19, 2020 at 11:49 am

    New to town and would love to check this out!

  31. Marie on October 19, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Love to see new places opening during these weird times. Would love to check them out

  32. Kelly on October 19, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    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!

  33. Christina Wright on October 19, 2020 at 4:32 pm


  34. Nik N. on October 19, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    This would be one tasty win! Thank you for this chance PDX pipeline. <3

  35. Dana on October 20, 2020 at 8:36 am

    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!

  36. steven fenwick on October 20, 2020 at 9:41 am

    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.

  37. Rayelynn Thomson on October 20, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    ♦♦♦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~

  38. KP on October 20, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    Let’s eat😊

  39. Jonas Trekas on October 20, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Want to try some of the specialties please.

  40. Carol Cooper on October 20, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    I’m craving a fresh blended milkshake now.

  41. Molli Taylor on October 21, 2020 at 7:46 am

    i love this idea! i am always up for a new meal!

  42. Monica on October 22, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    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 🤤

  43. Robyn Espinoza on October 22, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    Have yet to enjoy Portland food scene

  44. Melissa on October 22, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    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.

  45. Dom on October 22, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    Sounds fun! Something for everyone!

  46. Carla DiNucci on October 22, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    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 🙂 !

  47. Naomi Tsai on October 22, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Such a cool and tasty concept!!! I can’t wait to try it out!!!!

  48. Liz Rowland on October 22, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    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!

  49. Bob MacKay on October 22, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    My tummy’s grumbling just reading about this!

  50. Michelle W. on October 22, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    So many great options in 1 place. Would love to check it out!

  51. Ashley lee on October 22, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    Would love to support these local businesses!

  52. Lauren Drake on October 22, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    I would love to try some new places!

  53. Steve Cheseborough on October 22, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    Sounds good. I might be hungry that day! 😋

  54. Karen on October 22, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try this place!

  55. Jonas Trekas on October 22, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Let’s eat some good quality food. Now that’s what I’m talking about.

  56. Carol Cooper on October 22, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    I’d love to have a day or night out where I’m not cooking dinner for us please.

  57. David Brooks on October 22, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    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.

  58. Fyndi Jermany on October 22, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    I love food 😊

  59. Tiffany on October 23, 2020 at 1:01 am

    I’d really love to go, sounds like a lot of fun.

  60. Renata on October 23, 2020 at 6:21 am

    Great use of space. And when things open back up, they will be ready to go for the public as well!

  61. Brittanie on October 23, 2020 at 6:25 am

    This sounds tasty!

  62. Rose on October 23, 2020 at 8:26 am

    I’ve been so excited to go here!

  63. Dee on October 23, 2020 at 10:06 am

    I’m always hungry so please pick me!!

  64. Debbie Wilson on October 23, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Will be nice to take my husband out he works so much needs a break and we love good food 🌝

  65. Bronwyn Ewers on October 23, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    lots of choices and variety. Such a neat co-lab. So cool! Enter me in to join the contest. Yay

  66. Rae on October 23, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    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)!

  67. W on October 23, 2020 at 9:31 pm


  68. Courtney G on October 24, 2020 at 6:51 am

    It sounds like an amazing date idea, to try different restaurants together!

  69. Carol Lynn Cooper on October 24, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Are we allowed to thank the chefs after we eat?

  70. Jonas Trekas on October 24, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    I would love a big juicy burger. Yum.

  71. Carol Cooper on October 25, 2020 at 1:11 am

    Nashville Hot Chicken sounds really good .

  72. Jonas Trekas on October 25, 2020 at 1:11 am

    I’m so hungry. Pick me.

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