Laughing Planet began in Portland in 2000, after initially launching in 1995 in Bloomington, Indiana. The restaurant web site has a fun infographic showing its history, starting with the dinosaurs and the invention of the burrito by the Aztecs. The first branch opened in Eugene in 2004, and now Laughing Planet has seven outposts in Portland, two in Eugene, and one in Corvallis. This is a company that cares about its communities, local farmers, and the environment. Many of the ingredients are local and organic. These are the company's mission and values:
When Kieran was rehearsing and acting in the Hullabaloo at Jane Theater Company, we would often stop by the Belmont location...especially when waiting for him in the evening. We also have a Laughing Planet near our house across from the Southwest Community Center and Gabriel Park. I was delighted to see, last year, that Laughing Planet was opening another spot right down the road from my office! I've been there a few times, including with Chris and Mike before we went to see the "Book of Mormon" in January.
|Tomato, Kale, and White Bean Soup|
|Mr. Green Jeans|
|Captain Kangaroo with the real Mr. Green Jeans|
|The poor souls waiting in line|
Laughing Planet makes healthy taste delicious! Every time I go there, I'm reminded I need to visit more often.