A restaurant in downtown Chapel Hill is not making it to the new year, as its ownership announced it would not be reopening its doors.

Basecamp, a tapas and cocktails bar at 105 East Franklin Street, has permanently closed. Owner and chef Ramesh Dahal shared the news through an email to Chapel Hill business leaders and media on Wednesday, saying that the restaurant’s final day of service was Saturday, December 23.

“We understand this may come as a surprise and we want to express our deepest gratitude for your unwavering support and patronage throughout our journey at Basecamp,” Dahal wrote, adding that the decision came after careful consideration. “Your loyalty has been invaluable to us, and we have cherished every moment serving you in that space.”

Basecamp opened in the spring of 2022 following the success of Dahal’s other Chapel Hill restaurant, Momo’s Master — a Himalayan momo dumpling joint around the corner at 110 North Columbia Street. At the time, Dahal said the goal was to provide a venue that would host cultural events and themed gatherings, which it successfully did. Basecamp hosted a multi-cultural Halloween event in 2022, as well as several Bollywood nights and events with the UNC Asian American Center.

The 105 East Franklin Street space previously housed other businesses like Jed’s Kitchen, Peño Mediterranean Grill, TAMA, and sweetFrog.

Dahal said the closure of Basecamp does not threaten Momo’s Master’s future, instead saying his team is “enthusiastic” about it now being the main culinary focus and welcoming its customers.

“Your ongoing support is invaluable to us, and we’re immensely grateful for your patronage,” he wrote. “We eagerly anticipate the opportunity to continue serving you at Momo’s Master and create more cherished memories together.”


Photo via Basecamp.

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