The Mandolin Cafe in Tacoma was filled with eclectic inspiration. The artfully crafted fireplace mantel, undulating wood tables supported by nature-inspired steel branches—created an imaginative and lively coffee spot. Most tables were meant to be shared, which contributed to the Mandolin being an extremely friendly spot. It was an easy place for folks to share coffee or wine and conversation while listening to all kinds of music, played by seasoned as well as emerging musicians, who played regularly.
It took many years (and a few different owners) for the Mandolin to develop a loyal following and super-size vitality. It had a true sense of community. Hopefully the music will play on in a new venue —SOON.
My book was ready to go to press and just this past Sunday I was informed that the Mandolin was closing! This is indeed sad news for Tacoma coffee and music lovers (and me). The building was sold and a new sushi bar will replace an iconic Tacoma institution. I was lucky to share the Mandolin’s last night open mic night. [The Mandolin remains in my book.]