About Us

We understand the Food Cart owner better than any construction firm out there. Our founder John has a background as a General Contractor and Electrician, and is a chef and has owned and operated food carts for years. It’s this depth of experience and passion for food that makes us special.

We understand your needs. We know what works in an efficient space and what doesn’t.

We know how to make everything count and we know personally how to meet the needs of growing small businesses. Our company is committed to giving you the best service and the best price possible. With 18 years of experience in food, kitchens, and construction we can help you bring your vision to life.

We help existing food cart operators with design and repair issues. We are the first and only call you need to make. We are dedicated to helping keep your operation running as smooth as possible by quickly repairing and upgrading already existing systems.

Please give us a call or fill out the contact form today for a free design and business consultation.

We look forward to building for you!


We spent a lot of time picking out our builder, and are glad we ended up here. Not the cheapest choice, but the cart was built to order, delivered on time, and up and running immediately. John and Jim know what they’re doing. John answered all of our (thousand) questions before and during the build. If your cart stays local, he responds very quickly to any service concerns.Jessica W., Happy Valley, Oregon

If you go to anyone else for a cart, you’ll be missing out … economical, custom-built and solid, PDX Cart Builders did me right ! I built a 10×20′ cart that is loaded, awesome and clad in cedar that is beyond anything I’ve seen, to get a Zen feel for our plant-based food cart. John, and his team (esp. Jim, great guy) were kind, accommodating and listened to every vision and idea … better, they implemented them ! In this day-and-age, to have a responsive, experienced and artisan craftsman and company that cares as much as PDX Cart Builders about what goes out the door is rare, did I say rare? (I meant non-existent) … do yourself a favor and visit these guys. As for the other reviewers, I wouldn’t listen, John isn’t rude in his experience, which he readily shares … he’s busy (the sign of a champion), … kind of like, you wouldn’t eat at the empty restaurant … get in this guys queue, if you want a quality cart. Ours is awesome!Marty M., Clackamas, Oregon

John pays great attention to detail. Each cart is made to pass inspection and is road ready. No he is not cheap as none of the components used in the cart are cheap. Would you want food cooked on a sub par griddle? Or how bout receiving a semi cold beverage from a fridge that can barely keep the temp at 40. John has the decades of experience and has been doing this. I wouldn’t trust my $20,000+ investment to some person who has no knowledge in the field.Fox F., Lake Oswego, OR