NORTHEAST — One of Portland's most popular food carts, The Big Egg, is going brick and mortar. The breakfast sandwich shop on wheels is taking over the former Sugar Cube bakery space on NE Alberta and is planning to open in late June. They'll continue serving up fully-loaded, flavor-packed egg sandwiches, but the increased kitchen space means they can expand the menu and increase production.
SOUTHEAST — The original Bollywood Theater was too small to meet the hungry demand of its many devotees. So chef-owner Troy MacLarty took over the space next door and doubled his restaurant's size. After a brief closure in April for renovations, the restaurant reopened this week with increased seating and a bigger kitchen, which will translate into shorter lines and more seasonal specials.
EASTSIDE INDUSTRIAL — Although it's a year behind schedule, the long-awaited Italian wood-fired restaurant from French Laundry alums Sandra and Nick Arnerich finally has an opening date of June 1. The epic construction process on the 10,000-square-foot building was a giant undertaking, as the building is also home to Ancient Heritage dairy, Alma Chocolate's upcoming second location, plus a small market and event space for classes or private dinners. Chef Matthew Sigler, a veteran of top Italian kitchens in San Francisco (Quince, Flour + Water, and Salumeria) will lead the kitchen, while Daniel Shoemaker and Sean Hoard of Teardrop and the Commissary have created a custom cocktail program that will rotate with the seasons.