Nongs Khao Man Gai
Nong's Khao Man Gai Katie Summer
Nong Poonsukwattana, the one-woman show behind the Nong’s Kao Man Gai chicken-rice-and-sauce operation, tells the Mercury that she’s opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant “ASAP” at 417 SW 13th in downtown’s West End where the short-lived Heart Pizza once operated.

On Monday, Eater PDX reported the news after noticing an announcement posted on social media.

Poonsukwattana says she’s not exactly sure when the restaurant will open, but she says she and her “bad ass” team is on hand to make it happen quickly.

When it does open, the new Kong’s will seat about 30 people and will serve beer, wine and the chicken, rice and sauce combo that Portlanders have long loved.

Opening hours, at first, will be curtailed to 10 am to 4 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 9 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Eventually, she says, the place will stay open till 9 pm, daily.

Poonsukwattana says she’s been searching for a space for a while now, as an impending development would soon displace the Alder Street food cart that started it all.

But she admits that she’s picked a strange time to make such a move: Poonsukwattana is now a mother to a baby boy who was born in September.

“The days and nights are blurry,” she says. “Probably not the best time to open a new restaurant, but I have been searching for a new spot for a while,” due to that impending development.

That’s good news for Portland lunchers who’ve been flocking to the cart for years. It’ll be just a few blocks away from its original spot—but this time you can pair your chicken and rice with a beer. And you won't have to stand in the rain while you wait for it.