Water damage appears to be keeping Hilltop restaurant Le-Le shuttered for now. Here's what I know about what's happening next for the Tacoma Vietnamese-Thai restaurant.
A reopening looks to be at least three months out - that's according to staff at Le-Le’s sister restaurant in Gig Harbor.
The Hilltop Le-Le closed at the end of April after what sounded like a pretty serious ceiling leak/cave-in created a mess and water damage.
Gig Harbor Le-Le server Long Truong said the water damage will not be an easy cleanup and the roof needs fixing, too. “My boss is in India now. When she comes back, she will have somebody fix it,” he said. The repairs, he estimated, should take two to three months. In the meantime, you can haul over to Gig Harbor for a Le-Le fix, but be prepared for sticker shock with increased prices over the Hilltop location (plus the bridge toll).
Find more information on Le-Le here. For the uninitiated, Le-Le for many years was the go-to Vietnamese-Thai restaurant in that part of Tacoma. At one time it was so popular, it even got a chapter in Mark Lindquist’s novel, “The King of Methlehem.”
If you’re on the Hilltop, you do have a few alternatives for Vietnamese. A few doors down from Le-Le is the always reliable Pho King. Right around the corner is Pho Bac. For Thai, head over to Thai Garden. Here are short reviews of nearly every restaurant in that neighborhood, with the exception of newcomers Hilltop Kitchen and Eleven-Eleven.
Tip: Downtown Tacoma has a gem of a Vietnamese restaurant - Orange Door. Its menu has the greatest hits of quick Vietnamese dining - pho, banh mi and salad rolls - but the menu goes deeper into Vietnamese grill specialties. Check it out.