Vivek Kunwar

On the record

Vivek Kunwar (Coor) is founder and CEO of Himalayan Momo and both Himalayan Restaurants in Niles, Illinois and South Loop, Chicago. He also runs a continually popular booth at Chicago’s Dumpling Festival. Both of Kunwar’s restaurants feature authentic Indian & Nepali Cuisine. Due to their growing popularity, Kunwar began selling his Momos – frozen – in 2020.

Kunwar immigrated to the U.S. from Kathmandu, Nepal in 1993 and opened his first restaurant in 2003. He graduated with a degree in computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.