Old Town Pizza announces the grand opening of their second location with a special event on Thursday, June 5 form 5 to 11 pm. The Vanport Square Old Town Pizza is located at 5201 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Adam Milne, owner of Old Town Pizza, lives three blocks from Vanport Square. Reinforcing his commitment to the neighborhoods bordering MLK, his restaurant was designed as a gathering place for families, singles and empty nesters.
Vanport Square is a Portland Development Commission (PDC)-supported development that has been in the making since 2001. After a number of proposed national tenants, dropped out, Ray Leary and the VanPort people decided to sell commercial space condominiums to small local businesses through low-interest loans offered by the Portland Family of Funds. Adam signed up as the anchor business.
Old Town Pizza at Vanport Square showcases the restaurant’s philosophy of sustainability and environmental stewardship through the use of reclaimed materials. It has weathered wood walls from old area barns, flooring and loft decking from a tobacco storage warehouse in Kentucky, a fireplace mantel from a barn in Helvetia (built by Swiss immigrants), giant beams from barracks that housed Italian immigrants at the San Pablo Fish & Wildlife Refuge, a chandelier that hung in the Portland Art Museum until a 1970s remodel, and photos from the 1930s documenting the neighborhood and previous businesses that stood on the site.