While the weather outside was frightful, Cart Lab hosted an Elite Event that can only be described as delightful! Over 150 Yelpers gathered to celebrate the holidays and another successful year as Yelp Elites while enjoying food from Cart Lab’s unique mix of food purveyors, plus cocktails courtesy of Bull Run Distilling and Genesis Juice. If there’s a better way to wrap up the year, it’s probably illegal!
Guests lined up outside the Southwest Waterfront venue, excited to be one of the first to try menu selections from CartLab’s six micro-restaurant partners. After they checked in – and dropped off donations for Portland’s chapter of Toys 4 Tots – Yelpers made a beeline for the various food stations throughout CartLab’s massive 7,000-square-foot dining area! Koi Fusion served up their signature kimchi quesadillas while Wasabi sushi impressed guests with their Treasure Island Roll. FOMO proved that Yelpers do love spicy chicken, PDX Sliders shared their award-winning Broadway pork sliders and Tight Tacos proved that their generously-stuffed tacos made with handmade tortillas are well worth the hype. For dessert, Gelato Maestro sampled out scoops of seven of their delicious flavors!
Celebrating CartLab’s throwback vibe, Yelpers got down to the perfect playlist of 90s pop and R&B hits, plus watched clips of retro holiday specials on the bar’s countless televisions. Bull Run Distilling and Genesis Juice unveiled two 90’s-themed cocktails that got everybody’s juices flowing. Both the Cranberry Got Back and the Wicked Rad Bourbon Cider really delivered the holiday spirits! And in a surprise cameo, Santa took a break from his busy schedule to pass out candy canes and pose for photos!
Eventually, however, the party had to end. Slowly, guests made their way out of the bar and into their Lyfts, making plans to return in the new year. That’s a delicious resolution that is easy to keep! Want to learn more about our event at CartLab? Check out the photo album and read the reviews on Yelp!
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