When it opened in 2004, the News Tribune called Mandolin Cafe Tacoma's newest intersection of tastes and passions: Old World, New World, played to accompany cups of dark-roast coffee or glasses of ginger-peach iced tea.
The owners of Sofia Bistro in University Place are in the process of buying Mandolin Cafe, the central Tacoma coffeehouse, cafe and live music venue that opened in 2004.
"We are scheduled to close on the purchase of the Mandolin Café near the beginning of next month," Marla Simms told me in an e-mail yesterday.
I spotted Simms' and Creig Kostoff's intention to buy Mandolin Cafe when their liquor license application turned up on the state's database last week.
Stay tuned for developments.