Each spring-fall, the Downwinder opens up shop on the pier at the Hood River Event Site. The truck pumps out some of the region's most delicious tacos and frosé, keeping beachgoers and river-sports doers fed and cool. Then, when winter comes, the duo that owns the truck packs up and heads off on winter adventures. But, this year, the masterminds were busy cooking up a new idea: what if they expanded?
And 6 days ago, the news broke: we don't get just one Downwinder this spring. We get two!
The Downwinder has taken over the space downtown that is occupied by Basik Açai Café (112 Oak St.). So what's the deal with the new space? We reached out to the owners to ask. Here's what they had to say:
Question: Will the new eatery have the same name/menu/concept as your truck down on the pier? Answer: same name/menu/concept, yes! But we will expand on it. We will continue to offer our signature tacos + some sharable options. In addition, we will have rotating/seasonal plates/bowls such as a summer poke bowl, winter stews, and other globally inspired dishes.
Question: Will you continue to operate the truck on the pier while also running the downtown shop? Answer: Yes! This is a Downwinder expansion so the cart will still operate during the summer at the event site!
Question: What's the vibe you're going for with the decor/music/menu for the new shop? Answer: funky + eclectic (see a sneak peek, below!)
Question: Is there anything else you want to share with the public? Answer: We are genuinely so excited to have a home base on Oak that allows us to serve the community year-around! We hope to be a local hang out offering good eats, tasty drinks, and an intentional atmosphere. Every design element has been mindfully made, right down to our curated playlists to create a really special environment.
Kids menu: Yes!
Opening date: Aiming for spring
Alcohol: Yes! Beer, wine, signature frosé, and a new signature margarita- available frozen or on the rocks.
The New Space