Bridges Nepali Covington will open in the former McK's BBQ space in February.
A beloved fast-casual Nepali restaurant in Cincinnati is heading over the river. Bridges Nepali Cuisine announced on social media Friday that it will open its fourth location in Covington early next year.
“Hi Covington, We are coming soon…” the restaurant shared on Instagram alongside a graphic that says the new restaurant will open at 11 W. Seventh St. — the former McK’s BBQ spot — in February.
Bridges owners Ashak Chipalu and his parents, Rose and Manoj, started the restaurant as a Findlay Market food cart in 2015. It gained a loyal following of locals, all hungry for the Chipalus’ authentic style of Newari tribe cooking that’s particular to their native windy valleys of Kathmandu.
Bridges opened its first restaurant in Northside in February 2017 in the space formerly occupied by Melt Eclectic Cafe. With a full dining room and outdoor patio seating, Bridges grew in popularity so much that, two years later, the family opened a second location on Court Street to cater to the Business District’s lunch rush, and in 2023, the family opened a third location in Elmwood Place.
Best known for its traditional Himalayan dumplings, momos, Bridges’ menu is inclusive (vegans and carnivores will both find many delectable options on the menu) and packed with spicy, savory flavors and fresh herbs. For those who have not had the pleasure, Nepali cooking can be contextualized as a hybrid between Chinese and North Indian cuisine, which is appropriate given Nepal’s geographic relation to the two countries. Lentils, cilantro, onion, ginger, garlic and a variety of assertive spices can be found in a number of Nepali favorites at the table.
While Covington awaits the arrival of Bridges’ momos, bowls, samosas and more, diners can get these dishes at its other locations: 4165 Hamilton Ave., Northside; 133 E Court St., Downtown; and 6304 Vine St., Elmwood Place. Find the menu and more at bridgesnepalicuisine.com.