PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Five years ago, Ron Flores was ready to change his life. Opening a food cart was his solution.
Urban Avocado first opened at a pod in Sellwood, and then moved to Happy Valley, before moving to the BG Food Cartel in Beaverton where it has been thriving for the last year.
Flores says he came up with the idea for an avocado-based cart while designing a menu for a health food cart.
“We were taking a look at the food cart scene as a whole, and we thought that healthy fare was kind of underserved. So we tried to come up with a menu that was unique to being healthy and good for you and somewhat trendy at the same time. It just so happens that we used avocado on everything,” he says.
The trendiness of avocados helps his business as well. The cart goes through about 70 per day.
“So many people just love avocados,” he says. “When we decided to go with Urban Avocado as the name, everything just kind of took off.”
Avocados can be a challenge to source, but Flores says he did his research before getting into business with them.
“Sometimes it’s a real challenge to have perfectly ripe avocados year round. I’d say that’s one of our biggest challenges.”
Flores hopes to make Urban Avocado brick-and-mortar one day but enjoys being in the food cart business for now.
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