A new Nepalese restaurant has opened on Oxford Road and is seeking a licence to sell booze.

Mo Mo 2 Go replaces the former Gurkha Management Services travel shop at 172 Oxford Road, which was also Nepalese.

Reading Borough Council (RBC) Planning officers approved the change of use from a shop or financial and professional services (A1/A2) to a restaurant or cafe (A3).

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The restaurant has permission to open from 8am to 11pm and is now seeking a licence to sell alcohol from 11am to 11pm.

Gurkha Management Services shut in 2018 after opening just a year earlier.

Before that, 172 Oxford Road was home to an African foods shop.

Momo is a type of steamed dumpling with a filling and has become a traditional delicacy in Nepal.

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There is a fairly large Nepalese community in Reading, with thousands of ex-Gurkhas and their relatives choosing to settle in Reading having successfully acquired British settlement rights in 2009.

Gurkhas were soldiers of Nepalese nationality recruited for British, Nepalese, Indian, Singaporean, Brunei armies and UN peacekeeping forces in war zones around the world.

Other Nepalese restaurants in Reading include: Sapana Home, Namaste Kitchen, The Aila, Gurkha Home, Namaste Momo, Dhaulagiri Kitchen, Everest Tandoori, Standard Tandoori and Munchees.