Neighbors hope to save Cambodian restaurant in Tacoma

A small business owner has struggled as the Tacoma area has boomed. Now he may have to leave his space at the end of the month.

Tacoma, Wash – Neighbors in Tacoma are hoping to save an important piece of Cambodian culture: the Mitapeap restaurant.

Siram Mao owns the restaurant and said they’ve been struggling recently. They have fallen behind on rent for their location in Tacoma.

“Cambodian cuisine is not recognized especially in this part of the world, like Thai, Chinese,” he said. “Cambodian. People are not used to and don’t know what it is yet.”

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