Why This Portland Food Truck Will Never Go Brick-and-Mortar

Before Jeremy Hansen and Becca Russell first opened their food cart, the Pidgin Hole, in 2017, they started looking at restaurant spaces. The couple, who had met working at Tony Starlight’s Supper Club 10 years earlier, wanted to run their own business, one that could celebrate Hansen’s personal culinary style. After touring a few businesses, they decided to go with a food cart, something they would own outright as opposed to renting. They named their cart the Pidgin Hole — a nod to Hansen’s melting pot heritage, growing up Cantonese American while cooking with his Hawaiian grandfather.

In those five years, the couple has worked through heat domes and

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