TUALATIN, Ore. (Apr. 29, 2016) – The new Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill® in Tualatin, Ore., will hold a fundraiser for The Wetlands Conservancy on Sunday, May 15, as part of The Wetlands Conservancy’s celebration of National Wetlands month. Sharky’s, a premium fast-casual restaurant and lifestyle brand offering an award-winning and innovative Mexican-inspired menu, will donate 15 percent of the day’s sales to The Wetlands Conservancy, which partners with communities across Oregon in conserving, enhancing, and restoring the physical and ecological values of the state’s greatest wetlands for current and future generations. This May marks the 25th anniversary of American Wetlands Month, a time when federal, state, tribal, local, non-profit, and private sector organizations celebrate the vital importance of wetlands.
“The Wetlands Conservancy is very excited to collaborate with Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill to raise awareness about the benefits of conserving and restoring Oregon’s wetlands, and to highlight the positive effect that healthy estuaries and wetlands have on our environment, water and food systems,” said Esther Lev, executive director, The Wetlands Conservancy. “We welcome them as a neighbor to our Nyberg Creek Preserve in Tualatin.”
Founded in 1992, Sharky’s mission is to offer an alternative to processed and unhealthy foods, traditionally found in Mexican restaurants. Sharky’s offers a variety of flavorful, inventive and made-to-order menu items made with fresh, natural, organic or locally sourced ingredients combined with unique stone oven and mesquite-grill cooking styles for enhanced flavor. This is the first Sharky’s outside of Southern California, where it has 23 locations.
The new Sharky’s is located at 7715 SW Nyberg Street at the Nyberg Rivers Shopping Center, next to the New Seasons market and Cabela’s retail store, and across from The Wetlands Conservancy’s Nyberg Wetland preserve. It is locally operated by Charise Sargent, a Portland-area resident with strong ties to the local community. More than 30 team members were hired to staff the 2,800-square foot restaurant, which comfortably seats 98 guests inside and outside under a covered patio. Hours of operation are from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily.
“There really is no restaurant concept like Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill, and we’re delighted to bring its inspired Mexican menu offerings to Tualatin,” said Sargent. “At Sharky’s, we source only the best ingredients and the result is an innovative menu where real, flavorful food that you feel good about eating. We are also thrilled to be able support the efforts of The Wetlands Conservancy and all the good work they do to help preserve the natural beauty of the area.”
At Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill, guests can choose from burritos filled with organic beans and rice and all-natural, mesquite-grilled chicken or beef; marinated, mesquite-grilled organic tofu tacos; superfood salads with organic greens and quinoa; stone-fired pizzas, and many other hand-crafted, fresh and nutritionally dense choices. Sharky’s menu accommodates a variety of different lifestyles and dining choices, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free.