The Mandolin Cafe closed Sunday, July 15. Their reader board says “Goodbye Tacoma” and “Thanks for 8 great years.”
I first discovered the Mandolin in college, and spent a fair amount of time there hanging out with friends. I’d visit here and there throughout the years, but probably couldn’t be considered a regular. Still, my go-to order was a small pot of white Persian melon tea. I’d occasionally have a pastry (their cinnamon rolls were delicious). I spent many mornings and evenings there catching up with friends or enjoying live music.
It’s true, there are lots of other great coffee shops in town … but there really isn’t another one like the Mandolin. Everything about it—the lighting, the paintings, the color of the walls—was so cozy and inviting. Plus, it was one of the few coffee shops where musicians could perform live. I discovered Marian Call there.
The Mandolin will be missed!