Sept. 5, 2012 By Bill Parry
Yeti of Hieizan, a Nepalese/Japanese restaurant located at 43-16 Queens Blvd, is no longer in operation.
The restaurant closed last week and has already been replaced by Malingo, which offers similar cuisine. The new restaurant is owned by Naren and Ravi Gurung.
Naren operates a restaurant in Kathmandu, Nepal. It, too, is called Malingo, and he and his brother have replicated that restaurant and brought it to Sunnyside. Naren will continue to operate Malingo in Nepal, but will oversee the creation of the menu at the Sunnyside location.
According to Ravi, the restaurant will offer a range of food types “not just from The Himalayas, but from Korea and India.”
Ravi is the knows the Sunnyside-Woodside location well. He lived in Woodside for years– before later moving to his current abode in Pennsylvania.
The restaurant’s exterior will not change much from how it looks today. “We will keep the restaurant’s facade because it’s something of a landmark, but we will change the sign and color of the front of the building,” Ravi said.
The restaurant is currently serving lunch and dinner with a limited menu. The brothers plan a grand opening sometime next month, once they secure a liquor license and the expanded menu is complete. In addition to the restaurant, Malingo will also karaoke and cabaret downstairs.
Malingo is named after a type of bamboo that is found in the Himalayas.