Basecamp, a new bar and restaurant replacing Jed’s Kitchen at 105 E. Franklin Street, officially opened on Saturday after holding its soft launch and ribbon cutting on Friday.
The restaurant and bar will offer food from different countries around the world with several rotating menus. It will be open for dinner and drinks – as well as brunch on Sundays.
Basecamp is owned by Ramesh Dahal. This is the second time he has opened a business in downtown Chapel Hill in just six months. Dahal also owns MOMO’s Master, a dumpling restaurant on Columbia Street that opened in November.
Dahal said he was able to open a second business so soon due to support from the town, including from the Downtown Chapel Hill Partnership.
“We will be a success, Basecamp will be a success,” he said. “When I say ‘we,’ it’s with all the town’s support as they have supported us for Momo’s Master since the beginning.”
Downtown Chapel Hill Partnership Executive Director Matt Gladdek said Basecamp will fill both a Sunday brunch and late-night food niche the town missed when some businesses closed during the pandemic.
Gladdek also noted that the labor shortages other businesses on Franklin Street have struggled with since the start of the pandemic have not hurt either of Dahal’s businesses during their first months.
“(Dahal) seems to have found a way forward,” he said. “He’s had a lot of people working at Momo’s and he’s increased his hours, so I think he’s probably in pretty good shape to take this on.”
Leo Umanzor, a manager at Basecamp, said the diverse food and drink selection the restaurant plans to offer — from Hawaiian to Italian cuisine — is aimed at bringing together different perspectives on food culture.