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Tacoma’s Mandolin Cafe to close Sunday

Post by Kathleen Cooper / The News Tribune on July 9, 2012 at 11:00 am |
July 9, 2012 3:15 pm

Owners of the Mandolin Cafe in Central Tacoma have announced that Sunday, July 15, is the business’ last day.

In a letter to customers, Mandolin owner Tom Montante confirmed that the building’s sale last month will lead to the restaurant’s closure. According to the letter, the new owners are a couple who own a sushi restaurant in DuPont and may intend to open another location in the Mandolin’s current space at 3923 So. 12th St.

Chef Emily Montgomery told me this morning that opening the Mandolin in a new location isn’t financially feasible.

“We make enough money to support ourselves and pay our rent, but we don’t have the financial backer to start at a new place,” she said.

UPDATE, 3:00 p.m.: I just spoke with Doopyo Song, who with his wife, Jengahe, owns I Sushi & Teriyaki in DuPont.

Song said the sale of the Mandolin building hasn’t closed yet, but that the agreed-upon price is about $530,000. He said they planned to open their restaurant by late-October or November, and that the menu would be slightly different than I Sushi – “steak and sushi,” he said.

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