We live in a strange time, when a Kickstarter campaign to make a single bowl of potato salad raises more than $55,000 but a local restauranteur hoping to bring a new style of food to our city comes up short of her $15,000 fundraising goal. This was the situation Sophiya Thakali found herself in last month after a Kickstarter to open a new restaurant called Tasty Mo:Mo: in Magoun Square went unfunded. (Nothing against starchy, mayonnaise-based “salads,” but, c’mon. We can all do better.)
Luckily, the failure of their online fundraising efforts hasn’t deterred Thakali and the rest of her team. According to Eater Boston, the Nepalese restaurant should be open by the end of February at 503B Medford St. The new dining spot will only be serving takeout and catering at the outset, but the team hopes to eventually open a full-service restaurant.
Momos – for the uninitiated – are a style of Tibetan dumpling quite unlike anything you’ve had before. Available steamed or fried, with meat or vegetable filling, these handmade, hearty treats can be tough to find in the Boston area (though they are available at Trident Booksellers & Cafe in Back Bay and Rangzen Tibetan Place in Cambridge.) To our knowledge, this would be the first place to get these traditional Tibetan treats in Somerville.