Thursday, June 18, 2009

Mandolin Café goes gourmet

Mandolin Café, known for its in-house coffee roasting and live music, will unveil new menu items in early July. Staff will serve dishes such as a Vegetarian Sweet Potato Sandwich, Tamale Casserole and Pasta with Clam Sauce from the restaurant’s new kitchen. Located on South 12th Street near Proctor, the restaurant’s expansion into the former Valhalla Coffee Roaster space will allow the popular community gathering place to serve a more diverse, made-to-order menu. Owners Creig and Marla Kostoff received an $82,276 from Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority to help finance the expansion. As a part of the loan agreement, the restaurant will hire three full-time and one part-time employees. The remodel also includes the addition of a second bathroom and an enlarged banquet room that will seat up to 30. For more information, contact Genal Gavaldon at or (253) 591-5213.