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Open or closed for business? Checking in on several Tacoma restaurants

Readers call when they notice doors are locked and lights are out during normal business hours, or if they’ve seen a “for lease” sign.

Here’s where I verify where the restaurant has closed, moved or changed owners:

Southern Exposure: Sixth months after opening their dream restaurant, sisters Gloria Gentry and Angela Hernandez have closed Southern Exposure on Sixth Avenue. The restaurant served its last meal in November. Wrote the family via a message, “As we pass the baton to the next dreamer, it is not with regret as we still believe Sixth Ave is the street of dreams and we accomplished ours.”

Two Koi Japanese Cuisine: Downtown Tacoma has been abuzz about the temporary closure of Two Koi, the Japanese fusion sushi restaurant. The last day for business was Nov. 26. The restaurant cites nearby construction for the closure. When the construction at nearby 17th Street concludes, the owners say Two Koi will reopen.

Pick-Quick: This week began the annual winter closure for Fife’s Pick-Quick. The drive-in burger restaurant closes every year in December and January with a planned reopening in February.

Bella Nina’s Ristorante Italiano: A sign went up introducing a vape business in the same building that houses Bella Nina’s, the Sixth Avenue red sauce Italian joint I praised in my Never Been spaghetti den piece in 2013. I verified by phone that the vape business will be inside the building, but it won’t displace the restaurant. Yes, you can still get one of the best meat sauces in town there. Find Bella Nina at 6218 Sixth Ave., Tacoma; 253-564-7994.

My Greek and Italian Restaurant: The restaurant has been closed during stated business hours and the building sign has been taken down. It appears that Westgate’s My Greek has closed.

Here’s a tip, for those looking for a Greek restaurant with table service. Try Ammar’s Mediterranean Grill at 409 E. 26th St., Tacoma; 253-272-1047.