Food News: Momo Ghar opens in Dublin, while original location closes permanently

Erin Edwards
eedwards@columbusmonthly.com
Momo Ghar co-owner Phuntso Lama at the North Market

First, the good news.Momo Ghar’s first full-scale restaurant debuts on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 2800 Festival Lane in Dublin. Phuntso Lama’s new Tibetan/Nepalese eatery will offer her famous dumplings as well as a bunch of new Tibetan dishes that the chef/co-owner has long wanted to introduce to Central Ohio. The Dublin restaurant will be open for dinner this Thursday and Friday from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Its regular hours will be 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.Read more about Lama’s plans for the restaurant here.

Lama also shared that Momo Ghar’s original location insideSaraga International Grocery has closed for good. After Momo Ghar first opened inside the market in 2016 as a small counter eatery with a handful of seats, Lama’s scratch-made Tibetan/Nepalese-style dumplings quickly built a cult following and garnered attention from Guy Fieri’s "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives." Lama says the pandemic hit the Morse Road location hard, and that the eatery has been shuttered since November. “It was just struggling to keep afloat,” she said via text. In addition to the new Dublin location, Momo Ghar remains open at the historic North Market in the Short North.

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