On April 1, Salt & Straw will launch its first soft-serve concept, Wiz Bang Bar. (The Oregonian/file)Print EmailMichael Russell | The Oregonian/OregonLive By Michael Russell | The Oregonian/OregonLiveEmail the author | Follow on Twitteron January 28, 2016 at 4:01 PM, updated January 28, 2016 at 4:48 PMSalt & Straw, the popular Portland-based ice cream shop, plans to launch their previously announced soft-serve concept in downtown Portland’s Pine Street Market on April 1, according to additional details released today.The first flavor announced? Smoked ham in a black raspberry shell.Nope, this isn’t an April Fool’s gag.wizbang.pngAs first reported by The Oregonian, Wiz Bang Bar is Salt & Straw’s first foray into soft serve. The ice cream chain, with locations in Portland and Los Angeles, expects to serve five flavors each day. Per Portland Monthly, those look to include “Ritz Pie with apple-buttermilk .. and a grilled biscuit topped with hazelnut ganache and roasted carrot soft serve.”
Salt & Straw Ice Cream Empire StrikesLA’s ice cream game is getting even stronger.Great news for ice cream lovers. After rumors of a new Westside shop started circling a few months ago, Salt & Straw, the Portland-based, chef-driven creamery with a current LA location in Larchmont Village, announced the opening two more scoop shops in the Los Angeles area. With upcoming locations at 1357 Abbot Kinney in Venice and 829 E 3rd Street in the Arts Districts, the expanding ice cream empire will span a wide breadth of the city, making its popular sea salt with caramel ribbons more readily available for all.
Construction on the 1,035 square foot space on the corner of Abbot Kinney and California Ave will begin shortly, with an expected opening of Fall 2015.
The Arts District will receive its larger, 2,300 square foot shop early next year. Thankfully,
Eastsiders who can’t wait to dig into Salt & Straw’s LA-inspired flavors like avocado and strawberry sherbet, the Salt & Straw ice cream truck will begin scooping outside its upcoming Arts District location 7 days a week from noon to 10 p.m. beginning this Friday, August 14.