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Expansion Plans for Bollywood Theater; VQ Restaurant in a Quandary

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Troy MacLarty at the original Bollywood Theater.
Troy MacLarty at the original Bollywood Theater.
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SOUTHEAST— Holdfast Dining, the three-night-a-week supperclub run by chefs Will Preisch and Joel Stocks, will be moving out of the KitchenCru communal cooking space and into its own digs inside Fausse Piste urban winery. The space was formerly home to Sauvage, but by the end of January one of Portland's most successful pop-ups will call it home.

NORTHEAST– Troy MacLarty's original Bollywood Theater on NE Alberta is getting a much-needed expansion. His take on Indian street food was an instant success when it opened in 2012, prompting him to open a larger second location on SE Division earlier this year. But lines are still perennially out the door at the original spot, so he's taking over the former wine bar next door and will double the square footage by spring.

DOWNTOWN— Veritable Quandary seems to be aptly named. The venerable restaurant and bar set in a garden like an oasis among the Downtown highrises, has built its 43-year history through a symbiosis with the judges, lawyers, and city council members who work in the courthouse and city hall just blocks away. But now the county, which owns the lot, is threatening to build its new courthouse directly next to and above VQ, removing the garden and views the restaurant is known for and unleashing months of construction havoc. The move could save the city millions, but it could also mean the demise of an institution. They're hoping people will sign a petition on their Facebook page.

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