By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes
A new pasta restaurant and vision services office are planned as part of renovations to a River Road commercial building.
Pastabilities: The Healthy Dish will offer fresh take-and-bake pasta while Eagle Eye Vision will offer traditional optometry along with a practice specializing in vision-related learning disabilities, strokes and brain injuries.
“You don’t do that in a chain, and it’s kind of my passion to help those individuals,” said Dr. Keirsten Eagles, who will be the primary practitioner. “I love basic optometry too, though.”
Eagles co-owns the building at 4050 River Road N. with her husband, Matthew, and her parents. She currently works in optometry at practices in Clackamas and Beaverton.
The building shares a parking lot with Baskin Robbins, and formerly housed Momma Honey & The Princess tea house. Purchased in February for $470,000, it’s about 5,300 square feet and was built in 1979.
The total project cost is about $39,300, according to building permit application records. Most of the changes won’t be visible from the outside, Eagles said. A vacuum store selling Kirby products will remain in the building.
While optometry is her chosen line of work, the dream of a pasta restaurant started as a undergraduate, Eagles said. She said families need quick, healthy options.
“You walk in, take your pasta, pick your meat, pick your veggies and sauce, take it home and put it in the oven,” she said.
Choices will include gluten free, whole wheat, organic and low-sodium options.