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Two More Vendors Cancel Plans for North Market Bridge Park

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Momo Ghar and Flowers & Bread will not be moving forward with their plans to set up shop at North Market Bridge Park.

Momo Ghar was announced as one of the first five vendors in November 2019, with Flowers & Bread added to the lineup in February 2020 – both dates before the coronavirus pandemic struck Ohio.

While it won’t be at North Market Bridge Park, Momo Ghar still has plans for expansion.

“My husband and I want to open our own brick-and-mortar soon,” says Momo Ghar Owner Phuntso Lama. “During the Covid lockdown, we had to do some deep thinking. We want to maximize on the few good years left for us to work hard.”

Famous for their Nepalese veggie and meat dumplings, or momos, Lama wants to open a bigger restaurant with an expanded menu. The search is currently underway for a space.

Flowers & Bread made some major changes to their business model during the coronavirus pandemic. The Clintonville bakery and flower shop announced it would not be re-opening the cafe portion of its business due to space limitations. The business also made a name change to The Flowers & Bread Society to reflect their focus when they reopen on an expanded roster of socially-distanced classes and events and offerings from their full-service flower studio.

Flowers & Bread confirmed to Columbus Underground that they are not moving forward with their previous plans for Bridge Park but had no additional comment.

Flowers & Bread and Momo Ghar join Dough Mama, who announced their plan to step back from the project in late June, in cancelling expansion plans for North Market Bridge Park post-pandemic.

North Market recently announced two additional vendors, Reuse Revolution and Lan Viet, and is working to fill the now vacated spaces.

“We are currently working through the proposal process with new and exciting local, small businesses to fill these categories,” says Rick Harrison Wolfe, North Market’s executive director.

The current lineup for North Market Bridge Park includes The Dublin Farmer’s Daughter, Coastal Local Seafood, Market Bar, Black Radish Creamery, Dos Hermanos, Falafel Kitchen, Reuse Revolution and Lan Viet.

North Market Bridge Park is planning for a phased opening starting in late summer, with hopes to be at full capacity by the end of the year.

For more information, visit northmarket.com.

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