PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — After building frames independently for almost a decade, Portland-based framebuilders Tony Pereira and Ira Ryan came together to launch Breadwinner Cycles in 2013. The pair worked out of their garages until May of 2017 when they moved into a 3,000 square-foot building in North Portland.
Breadwinner, which produced about 120 frames in 2017, recently expanded its business by opening a 400 square-foot cafe and retail space. They wanted to create a place for customers and friends to socialize and watch frames being made.
“We went from no overhead, so renting a space was a huge jump,” said Ira Ryan, who has been building frames since 2005. “We had been saving up to make this leap for awhile. We did most of the renovation work ourselves, and adding a kitchen was a big part of that budget. We partnered with Water Avenue Roasters, and they’ve helped up get the cafe off the ground. We had always wanted to add a cafe and place for cyclists to meet before and after rides.”
The Breadwinner Cafe serves coffee, beer, wine, small plates, baked goods, sandwiches and a selection of custom toasts and bagel options, a play on the …read more