Bhutanese refugee opens restaurant in Henrietta

March 25, 2019 07:18 AM

HENRIETTA, N.Y. (WHEC) — Forced from his own country, a refugee is working towards his own American dream.

When he was just 10 years old, Jagat Gurung had to leave his home country of Bhutan. His family fled from the small country in South Asia and spent 23 years in a Bhutanese refugee camp in Nepal.


“It was very hard, very difficult. We didn’t have much, or enough,” said Gurung.

In 2012, Gurung and his family came to Rochester.

With little money, Gurung scraped together enough to open a small restaurant and grocery store in the city for a year. He used his experience from his family’s restaurant overseas.

“I had just a small amount of money, so I started a restaurant in a different location. I earned some money and decided to start one here in Henrietta,” shared Gurung.

In 2017, he sold the store and moved to Henrietta to open Nepali Kitchen. Located at 3047 West Henrietta Road, the restaurant held its grand opening on Sunday. 

Gurung chose Henrietta because of the growing Nepali community, saying he wants to save his food and culture while sharing it with others in the community.

The Nepali Kitchen is described as offering "authentic, home-made classic Nepali dishes in a busy, cheerful atmosphere. Five knowledgeable and helpful employees will make dining at the Nepali Kitchen a memorable experience."

It is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.

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Stephanie Robusto

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