According to a recent article from Bridgetown Bites, a new ice cream shop called St. Francis will open at 4515 SE 63rd Ave.
“We plan to be opening shortly. We will offer both vegan and dairy ice cream made in-house and will be selling ice cream to go by the pint, as well as Dream Bird vegan cookie dough,” Nate VanDeventer told What Now Portland.
“I’m one of the owners, along with my business partner Mike Mello. We started Thunderbird Bar in 2017, and Dream Bird Cookie Co. in 2021. We are super excited about this new project in the Foster neighborhood.”
“We designed the space with some mid-century design touches. It has a lot of tiles, and some nods to old-school soda shops,” Nate also added.
The brainchild of two long-time bartenders, Thunderbird is described as being born out of a desire to create a space where everyone feels welcome. In FoPo, diversity is celebrated, and Thunderbird embodies this spirit by providing an inclusive haven where locals and visitors alike can come together to enjoy exceptional food, drinks, and camaraderie.
Sports enthusiasts can catch the latest Blazer games on the TV screens, adding an extra layer of excitement to their visit. On sunny days, the patio beckons patrons to bask in the warmth while savoring their favorite dishes and drinks. Last but not least, for those seeking a bit of friendly competition, a pool table awaits, according to Thunderbird’s website.
Dream Bird Cookie Co. emerged as the brainchild of Thunderbird, a popular bar in Southeast Portland, and Dream Cakes, a wedding cake company nestled in Northeast Portland. They already had a standing relationship prior to the pandemic but as the weeks went on, so did their thinking caps. In the wake of the pandemic, both places pivoted their business models to either to-go orders or online sales and that’s when the fun began.
Dream Cakes has a friend who was tired of doing dishes, didn’t like her cookie recipe, was tired of not being able to find flour, and just wanted to have ready-to-go dough in the freezer for fresh baked cookies. As a surprise Dream Cakes started making her friend some cookie dough. In the midst of scaling out this cookie dough, she gets a text from Thunderbird, asking if she’d be interested in making cookie dough that people could bake at home, according to their company website.