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Closed or open? Checking in on Julie’s Gluten-Free Bakery and India Mahal

Here are updates on restaurants that recently have closed. Have a question about a restaurant that appears to have closed? Get in touch with me. My contact information is at the end of the story.

GOODBYE, JULIE’S GLUTEN-FREE BAKERY

Julie Kropf opened her South Hill gluten-free bakery in August 2012. She specialized in gluten-free baked goods, both savory and sweet. I appreciated that her cupcakes were topped with real buttercream frosting (no shortening or fillers used), and her savory offerings ranged from gluten-free French bread to crostini. The bakery was the only of its kind in Pierce County.

Last month, Kropf closed the bakery, saying she was having trouble paying off a loan she took out to fund the bakery. A last-minute crowd-sourcing campaign to save the bakery failed, but Kropf isn’t giving up on her dream.

“I'm going to lick my wounds and find a better place. Just like Molly Brown, you can't keep me down,” she said via email.

Kropf’s bakery was tucked into the back of a shopping center, which Kropf said made it difficult for customers to find it.

Kropf is looking into catering opportunities right now. The bakery’s Facebook page is still active at facebook.com/JuliesGlutenFreeBakery.

INDIA MAHAL SEARCHING FOR A NEW HOME

Downtown Tacoma’s India Mahal has closed. The restaurant at Ninth and Pacific Avenue has been replaced by a Herfy’s, a regional restaurant with an odd Japanese-Chinese-burger mashup that hardly resembles the Herfy’s I knew as a kid. (Anyone remember the endless pickle and condiment bars at some of the old Herfy’s restaurants?)

With so few Indian restaurants left in the region, I contacted the family that operated India Mahal and asked: Is this a move? Or a closure?

The answer: It’s a closure that perhaps will turn into a reopening at some point. India Mahal’s owners are searching for another location, but they don’t yet have a space. I’ll give an update when and if the restaurant finds a new home.

Meanwhile, India Mahal’s sister restaurant of the same name continues to operate in University Place. Find that India Mahal at 1905 Bridgeport Way W., University Place; 253-564-2039.

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