Published April 28, 2022
If you haven't been to PDX in, say, two weeks, you're missing out on new places to eat or shop!
So much of the news about the airport has focused on temporary walls, the roof, and construction noise. But did you know more than a dozen shops and restaurants have opened here since 2020? Some are well-loved local brands, others altogether new. Just last month, Bambuza opened a second airport location to bring Concourse E the same bright, delicious Vietnamese food its fans adore, and ChefStable and Lightning Bar Collective opened Juliett, a chic cocktail bar in Concourse E honoring women in aviation.
Think of it: If an entire restaurant row appeared out of the blue in some Portland neighborhood, you might be rushing over to check it out. To help you find your way to these new retail shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants the next time you visit PDX, we've put together the interactive map below.
More are coming to PDX this summer, and we're far from done. This fall, we're inviting local businesses to open a location in PDX's new main terminal when it debuts in spring 2024. Nominate your favorite local business to apply, and you might win an Oregon coast getaway.
Click on the logos for more information.
To see a full map of all the shops and restaurants at PDX, visit flypdx.com/map.
Here's what this year will look like for PDX (and you!)
For the past year, we've built a nine-acre roof on a prefabrication lot to the northwest of the airport. The construction crews are now installing the last component—an intricate wood lattice, sourced from sustainable Northwest forests, that will eventually cover the interior ceiling.
What you'll see: If you drive along Marine Boulevard, you can glimpse the roof's dramatic swoops in the prefab lot.
Behind all those partitions in the pre-security area, construction crews have been hollowing out the back half of the main terminal. Starting in March, the exterior structure is also coming down to create a more open, spacious footprint. It may get noisy for a few months!
What you'll see: Not much, in fact. But when you’re in the ticket lobby and going through security, you may hear and feel what’s happening on the other side of those partitions. We're strategizing ways to counteract the sound, including free earplugs at the front doors and a sensory room in Concourse D.
Next, we’re erecting 34 giant steel Y-shaped columns to hold up the roof. Right now, construction crews are driving steel pilings deep into the ground to anchor these columns. Over the course of a few months, we’ll erect the Y columns one by one.
What you'll see: You probably won't notice—most are going up overnight behind the temporary walls. Late-night travelers will occasionally have to walk a few yards around an installation site.
Once the biggest section of the wood roof is fully assembled, the project team will break it back down into 20 "cassettes". During the summer and fall, Hoffman-Skanska and Mammoet will maneuver each cassette into place over the existing roof. It will take several days to place each cassette, and the work will happen overnight — depending on the section we’re placing, we may guide late-night travelers around a short detour.
What you'll see: Unless you're flying into PDX on a late-night flight, or camped out on Marine Drive at 2 a.m., you won't see much. If you walk to the ends of Concourse C or Concourse D and look back toward the main terminal, you'll catch a glimpse of the airport's new roofline.
In addition to the big projects, you’ll see a host of new amenities appear throughout the airport. A new play area in Concourse E. New art. New restaurants and cafes. (Lardo! Screen Door! Good Coffee!) You're almost guaranteed to encounter something new every time you visit the airport — and we're not talking barricades.