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Jul. 9, 2012 at 11:21am

Mandolin Closing, Sushi Incoming

Mr. Erik Bjornson reports via Facebook that Mandolin Cafe is closing at its current location. The decision, according to a note posted on their door, is that the building owner sold the place. The new owners also own a sushi place up in DuPont so speculation is that sushi may soon be coming to the space just off Proctor and 12th.

Mandolin's last day is July 15th and hopefully ample empty spaces through out town will allow them to re-open somewhere else. Where would you put them given the choice?

comments [24]  |  posted under business, cafe, closing, coffee, mandolin, tacoma


by seejane on 7/9/2012 @ 11:28am
Chopstix is leaving 6th and Oakes for downtown and the space is available - and it would be a great space for a cafe.

by NineInchNachos on 7/9/2012 @ 11:29am
holy cow Chopsticks location!!!!

by seejane on 7/9/2012 @ 1:05pm
The TNT say's they are closing for good, not enough money to move. blog.thenewstribune.com/business/2012/07...

by fredo on 7/9/2012 @ 1:32pm

I knew a person who was the manager there for awhile. He told me there was a big problem with people dragging their laptops in there and using the free internet all day and all night.

by cisserosmiley on 7/9/2012 @ 1:36pm
Some entrepreneur should have set up a coffee pot and a stove and sold those laptop toters food n drinks. Man Fredo, maybe you'll get in on it next time.

by NineInchNachos on 7/9/2012 @ 1:44pm

by fredo on 7/9/2012 @ 1:49pm

The forza coffee shop on so. 12th failed just 5 months ago and now the mandolin. It's time to face the facts. The days of throwing an espresso shop sign in the window and making the big bucks are probably over. If wage rates were lower maybe some of these places could keep their doors open.  A small staff of 4 minimum wage workers costs the owner over $100K per year. That's a lot of coffee.    

by cisserosmiley on 7/9/2012 @ 2:06pm
McDonalds has free wifi

by NineInchNachos on 7/9/2012 @ 2:22pm
but no local music :(

by fredo on 7/9/2012 @ 2:23pm

Pretty sure that if all the seats at the McDonalds were occupied by folks sitting there all day using the free internet that they would change their free wi-fi policy. Just a guess. My friend said it was a big problem when he ran the Mandolin.

by Maria on 7/9/2012 @ 2:29pm
I'm sad about this. They were one of my favorite cafes. However, the last couple of years--food, business hours, ambiance, etc. have been spotty. I actually have been going less than I used to because it was hit or miss. Some of the great local clubs/groups stopped meeting there for the same reason.

I know they aren't closing due to finances, but they are not re-opening in another location due to lack of funds. All the changes in ownership the past five years hasn't helped either.

I love these local coffeeshops. But bottom-line, they are businesses, not non-profit groups. Service, food, staffing, marketing, etc. have to be really good to survive in these difficult economic times. Profit margins in the food biz are really small, so you needs lots of volume and a reason for people to drive over to pay double for what they can cook/brew for themselves at home.

So our beloved local businesses...make lots of money. Get business advice if you start struggling. The SBA, Bates, Tacoma city, etc. all have staff and info available to help you make it.

by NineInchNachos on 7/9/2012 @ 2:33pm
anyway  euthanasia of a community fixture is always a good way for a new sushi place to make grand opening splash.  

by L.S.Erhardt on 7/9/2012 @ 4:33pm
I like Sushi.

I didn't care for the Mandolin mostly because I never saw any acts there worth listening to.
This is of course, my own opinion. Let the H8Rs come forth and tell me the bands they had were solid gold.

It's too bad they are too broke to move. 6th Ave would be better for them.
Have they considered selling the business to someone who can afford to relocate?

by KevinFreitas on 7/9/2012 @ 4:53pm
Sorry to see them shoved out but I stopped going regularly a good time ago because, though I was excited they had music, it was always too loud for relaxing on a Sunday morning or hanging with my CLAW buddies. It'd be cool to see 'em hit 6th Ave. but rents there likely aren't cheaper than on 12th so, meh.

Not a coffee drinker myself if a cafe here in town doesn't have some solid food or beer along with good setting I just won't go. And, even at that, I'll probably hang at one and still only once in a while.

by cisserosmiley on 7/9/2012 @ 5:04pm
A bunch of the music there was weird, and not weird cool, just weird.

by fredo on 7/9/2012 @ 5:17pm

The place had a nice embiance. At xmastime they had a guy at the piano taking requests and my kids kept running dollar bills up to him with the names of the songs they wanted. He knew everything.

by cisserosmiley on 7/9/2012 @ 6:26pm
Didn't they have a "no talking during music" policy?

by L.S.Erhardt on 7/9/2012 @ 6:37pm
Doesn't matter. You couldn't be heard over the caterwauling even if you wanted.

by The Jinxmedic on 7/10/2012 @ 10:24am
My only complaint with the Mandolin was how loud the music was. We met some friends there the other day, opened the door, then turned around and walked across the street to Flippin' Out where we could actually have a discussion. Why do you need amplification in a small venue like that?

Needless to say, that would have been an easily correctable issue. Why didn't the new Sushi joint simply make an offer on the vacant Forza coffee shop? That would have worked nicely for such a venture.

by NineInchNachos on 7/10/2012 @ 10:35am
What did you say?  Floor the coffee shop vulture?    I can't hear you over this loud music!

by cisserosmiley on 7/10/2012 @ 10:49am
Anyway, it was an auto parts store for most of my life...

by L.S.Erhardt on 7/10/2012 @ 11:13am
I wonder if we are in a sushi bubble.

by The Jinxmedic on 7/10/2012 @ 11:42am
"Sushi bubbles" are actually fish eggs.

by L.S.Erhardt on 7/10/2012 @ 4:23pm
2012, Tacoma: Roe vs Mandolin


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