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Tacoma’s Mandolin Cafe may close; building ownership, not business to blame

Post by C.R. Roberts / The News Tribune on June 22, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
June 22, 2012 3:31 pm

The Mandolin Cafe, a popular gathering place at 3923 So. 12th St. in Tacoma, might close within the next three weeks.

Responding to questions raised by postings online, chef Emily Montgomery said Friday afternoon that “things are up in the air right now.”

She said the owner of the building has has sold to “someone who is going to make it into something different. We’re waiting to see if it actually closes.”

It is the change in ownership, and not the business climate, that has led to this, she said.

“Business has been good,” she said.

The owner of the building was in Arizona Friday and unavailable for comment.

The cafe is known for its selection of freshly brewed teas, its coffees, baked goods, fresh meals and artist-friendly ambiance. If the deal closes by the end of the month, Montgomery said customers will likely have two weeks to say goodbye.

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