Dulin's reopens in new location

Downtown eatery remains on Main Street

By Gordon Oliver, Columbian business editor

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Dulin's Village Cafe is settling into its new home at 1929 Main St. in Uptown Village, about three blocks north of its former Main Street location.

The downtown eatery known for its breakfast and lunch offerings has added a light dinner menu and a full bar in its new, smaller venue.

The restaurant opened last week for breakfast and lunch. This week, it added the dinner menu, which is available until 8 p.m.

The new Dulin's, in a building that most recently housed the Pop Culture restaurant and entertainment venue, is about 2,500 square feet, less than half the size of its former location. Business was brisk during Tuesday's lunch hour, with many booths and tables filled.

Owner Pat Dulin's restaurant had been located at 1708 Main St. in a storefront owned by The Holland Inc., parent corporation of the Burgerville restaurant chain. Before that, the restaurant had been at 1902 Main St., where it first opened in 1992.

Officials from The Holland Inc. had asked Dulin to move but said he could remain in the building until the end of the year, if necessary. But the company recently made a deal to sell the property to a local developer. David Copenhaver, a former vice president with Tualatin, Ore.-based Gramor Development, announced plans in October to develop a $32 million, six-story urban apartment complex on the former Dulin's site. Copenhaver, who formed his own company called Acorn Acquisitions, said last month he anticipates construction to begin next spring, with the apartments ready by spring 2015.

Vancouver-based RSV Building Solutions renovated Dulin's new restaurant space to maintain the site's open feeling while maintaining its historic feel, with high ceilings and transom glass.