The Powerhouse Cafe
The Redd is proud to host the Powerhouse — a brick and mortar opportunity for BIPOC-owned food businesses to access the full suite of resources provided by the Redd campus, as well as ongoing business support.
About the Powerhouse
The Powerhouse is a brick and mortar opportunity for BIPOC-owned food businesses to access the full suite of resources provided by the Redd campus, as well as ongoing business support. As a restaurant-in-residence, it is ideal for an established food truck, coffee and bakery, or catering business that is looking to scale their reach through a secondary location. We are open to shared use models, where one business operates during open hours and another utilizes space during off-hours. The Powerhouse is 150 sq ft, with a small outdoor eating space, and equipped with a food safe certified kitchen (including a type 1 hood, gas range, dishwasher, prep sink, hand sink, prep table, and shelving). Priority is given to BIPOC-owned, non-binary-owned, and women-owned businesses, who are able to lease the Powerhouse space on the Redd campus for two years. Our ideal powerhouse applicant shares and integrates into the Redd's mission, has a strong operating history, and well-established financials. The application period for the Powerhouse program is current closed.
Portland Pupusas & Taqueria
Established in 2018, Portland Pupusas and Taqueria crafts fresh salsas, tacos, pupusas, and more! Owner Eli Marroquin sources high-quality ingredients from many of the Redd’s community members including Three Sisters Nixtamal, Wilder Land and Sea and Cattail Creek Lamb and features rotating weekly specials. You can also find a well stocked grab-and-go refrigerator at the Powerhouse, featuring products from fellow Hacienda food and beverage businesses.
Originally finding success selling at the Gresham Farmer’s market, Eli is a graduate of the Hacienda CDC’s Food Business Boot Camp. He continues to work with their one-on-one business advisors and collaborate with businesses at the Portland Mercado. Eli has also recently been accepted into the Business Outreach Program, formerly with PSU, aimed at bringing a proof of concept to scale.