After almost three incredible years, we have decided to close our Portland food cart. Our last day was Friday, December 18th.
This may come as a surprise to many of you, so we’ll start by answering the most obvious question:
When we opened in 2013, our intention was never to operate a food cart forever. In fact, our expectations for the cart were very low. It was a starting point. Most people here had never heard of Georgia and had never eaten Georgian food. We hoped a few of you would give it a try.
To our surprise, you did. A great many of you did! Every day we were figuring out how to make more food faster, without compromising quality or authenticity. We invested in special equipment, we improved our processes, we hired people to help and we worked nearly every single day from sun up to sun down. Soon, people from all over the world were taking notice: coming to visit, writing about us and even putting us on TV. Amazing.
After changing our menu earlier this year, our business continued to grow. We have had some of our strongest fall days ever at the cart, and our frozen khinkali get more popular every month. As we approach 2016, chances are good that another big year could be ahead.
So… why close? It goes back to our original idea about this cart: it was never meant to be forever! While it has undoubtedly been rewarding, it is time for us to move on to new adventures, both professionally and personally. We are ready to develop other parts of our business, to travel — and to spend more time in Georgia.
Yes, our love for Georgia still runs deep, and always will. We are passionate about bringing a little bit of Georgian culture into American lives. So while the food cart may be closing, Kargi Gogo will continue! We are already shipping our new spice mixes all over the country and plan to build on that. More of our popular “supra” dinners, cooking lessons and private parties will soon be coming to Portland and elsewhere. Other ideas are also in the works that we hope will resonate with Georgia enthusiasts worldwide.
It has been a wild and wonderful journey. We feel so incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to run this food cart, and our success is all because of you. Thank you to our amazing family, friends, customers, employees, partners, colleagues and fans who have supported us, challenged us and helped us bring Georgian food the attention it deserves.
We prefer not to think of this as a “goodbye,” but more of a “see you later.” As they might say in Georgia:
Sean & McKinze