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Momos n’ More set to bring Indian and Nepali cuisine to downtown Fargo

Husband-and-wife entrepreneurial team Brett and Prakash Haddaway-Pokhrel are expecting to open Momos n’ More in the near future. The grab-and-go restaurant will feature menu items inspired by Prakash’s home country of Nepal while offering American twists.

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Husband and wife duo Brett and Prakash Haddaway-Pokhrel stand outside of their new restaurant Momos n More on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2022, in downtown Fargo. The fast-serve restaurant will offer Americanized takes on Nepali and Indian cuisine.
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FARGO — A husband-and-wife duo are teaming up to bring the tastes of India and Nepal to a new fast-service restaurant in downtown Fargo .

Brett and Prakash Haddaway-Pokhrel will soon be opening Momos n’ More at 530 6th Ave. N., the former location of Cafe Aladdin and Teddy’z Chicago Style Cuisine.

Prakash immigrated from Kathmandu, Nepal, to the United States in 2016 to attend Minnesota State University Moorhead. For two years while he was in school, he worked at Everest Tikka House in the Moorhead Center Mall.

Prakash and Brett, a native of Munich, N.D., were married in 2017. While it likely wasn’t listed in the vows, the two have wanted to open their own restaurant ever since. “Our dream has been to open up a restaurant. We worked so hard,” Brett said. “We’re really excited. This has been our dream since the day we got married.”

Why the wait? Brett and Prakash were on the hunt for the perfect-size location. Momos n’ More is intended for quick, grab-and-go service with a small amount of dine-in seating, Prakash explained. The couple found the ideal spot when Teddy’z closed earlier this year.

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As the restaurant’s name suggests, momos will take center stage. Momos are small dumplings and will come in beef, chicken or vegan varieties with soy nuggets and vegetables. They are served either fried or steamed with a nutty sesame dipping sauce.

Also on the menu will be chicken tikka masala, chai tea, mango lassi and pakora, which are fried vegetables.

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The restaurant will start with a small menu and hopes to gradually expand from there, Prakash said. The goal will be to serve Indian and Nepali favorites in an Americanized fashion. “We are trying to bring some Indian and Nepali food in more of a fast-food style,” he said.

Momos n’ More is hoping to open sometime after Thanksgiving, though Prakash noted a date has not been set in stone.

Brett shared her excitement about finally fulfilling the couple’s long-standing dream of opening a restaurant, all the while spotlighting her husband’s culture. “We are Fargoans. We want everyone to feel at home here and to get the taste of Nepal, experience what Nepal is really like,” she commented.

Prakash added that the Fargo-Moorhead area has always been welcoming and willing to try new foods. “The community always has supported the food that our culture has to offer,” he said. “We will promise to deliver great taste and add a new flavor to the food menu downtown has to offer. Hopefully people love it and we’ll appreciate the feedback from everyone.

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