Expensify will reopen the city’s oldest and largest food cart pod as “Midtown Beer Garden” with a community party that will fill the refreshed space with local vendors, a headlining set by The Last Artful, Dodgr, and much more.
Expensify, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXFY), the financial management super app for expenses and corporate cards, today announced that the grand opening party for its Midtown Beer Garden in Portland will be on Sunday, August 20th from 3pm-8pm. The outdoor venue, located on Southwest Fifth Avenue at Harvey Milk Street, just across from Expensify’s headquarters, will seek to revive the midtown Portland community after years of challenges. Headline artist The Last Artful, Dodgr will be making her first Portland appearance at the grand opening party since her massive send-off show at Roseland Theater in 2019. Joining her will be The Shivas and Boka Marimba.
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“We want to bring back the liveliness and vibrancy of our neighborhood that was lost somewhere along the way during the pandemic,” says David Barrett, founder and CEO of Expensify. “All of us at Expensify are huge fans of the food cart culture here, and it was such a shame to see its slow decline over the past few years. This revamped experience will remind everyone that the heart of our city still beats strong, and hopefully stoke a renaissance for surrounding businesses as well,” says Barrett.
Midtown Beer Garden, a collaboration between Expensify and local restaurant group ChefStable, will foster a fun, safe, and clean environment for all ages. The space will feature:
- 25 new and legacy food carts
- Central beer cart by Fracture Brewing
- Stage for live music and other events
- Roomy picnic-table seating for 300 people
- Permanent restrooms with daily cleaning
- Fenced perimeter with 24/7 security
- Custom paved lot with gold mica flakes and tan sealcoat
- Hundreds of fresh flowers and other greenery
- Heaters and tents for cold and rainy months
Additionally, first responders who stop by MBG will always eat for free while on duty. This includes anyone on duty from police, fire, and ambulance services, as well as Downtown Portland Clean & Safe. More information about this benefit can be found at midtownbeergarden.com.
“Midtown Beer Garden makes us feel back at home again in our community,” says Jesse Green of Iron Strike Smashburgers. “We’re super excited to see some familiar faces and sling a ton of handcrafted burgers to new friends and neighbors. The upgrade to this location fills a real void in the neighborhood, and we’re more than ready to serve anyone craving one-of-a-kind Portland cuisine in a family-friendly atmosphere,” says Green.
Please join Expensify for Midtown Beer Garden’s grand opening on Sunday, August 20th to celebrate a new era for the neighborhood and greater Portland community! More details at midtownbeergarden.com.
Expensify is a payments super app that helps individuals and businesses around the world simplify the way they manage money. More than 12 million people use Expensify’s free features, which include corporate cards, expense tracking, next-day reimbursement, invoicing, bill pay, payroll, travel booking, and chat in one app. All free. Whether you own a small business, manage a team, or close the books for your clients, Expensify makes it easy so you have more time to focus on what really matters.
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