Farewell, VQ – truly a Veritable Quandary

The popular restaurant opened in 1971

Veritable Quandary -- VQ -- in downtown Portland closed after 45 years, September 30, 2016 (KOIN)
Veritable Quandary -- VQ -- in downtown Portland closed after 45 years, September 30, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Veritable Quandary — also known as VQ — closed its doors on Friday.

The downtown staple on Southwest 1st Avenue opened in 1971. While it’s the last call for the iconic restaurant and bar, the decades of memories will live on.

Veritable Quandary -- VQ -- in downtown Portland closed after 45 years, September 30, 2016 (KOIN)
Veritable Quandary — VQ — in downtown Portland closed after 45 years, September 30, 2016 (KOIN)

People flocked to the restaurant one last time on Friday, lining up out the door and down the block. Regulars feel they’re losing a piece of what Portland used to be.

“It’s a history that it’s sad that it’s going,” one patron said. “I am sad.”

“I feel like I’m losing a big part of Portland ’cause, you know, I’m an old Portland person,” another regular told KOIN. “So yes, I’m very upset.”

Judson Winquist, left, and Colin Moore behind the bar at VQ. Veritable Quandary -- VQ -- in downtown Portland closed after 45 years, September 30, 2016 (KOIN)
Judson Winquist, left, and Colin Moore behind the bar at VQ. Veritable Quandary — VQ — in downtown Portland closed after 45 years, September 30, 2016 (KOIN)

Multnomah County announced in January they bought the building that currently houses the iconic Veritable Quandary and will remove the restaurant building to include the site in the new central courthouse project.

Owner Dennis King agreed to sell the building to the county because he was concerned the aging brick would not survive a large construction project.