I-Ho Pomeroy to Open Restaurant Again

I-Ho Pomeroy, seen here in June 2014 at her former restaurant on West Lincoln Street, will be opening a restaurant featuring her Korean cuisine on West Main Street in 2016.

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I-Ho’s Korean Grill owner I-Ho Pomeroy said this week she plans to reopen her longtime Bozeman restaurant in a space formerly occupied by the Smiling Moose deli off West Main Street.

Her restaurant, which she operated for 16 years on Lincoln Street near the Montana State campus, could reopen as soon as the end of June, following renovations to expand kitchen and dining spaces, she said.

The deli at 2631 W. Main St., is now closed in Bozeman. It will consolidate with its other location in Four Corners, according to Pomeroy and an employee who answered a phone at the establishment Wednesday afternoon.

Pomeroy, also a sitting city commissioner, said she’s been looking for a new place for her business for a year. She closed up shop in her former location at the beginning of April 2015, saying at the time that her lease wasn’t renewed after the building came under new ownership.

“I didn’t expect that it was going to be this long,” she said. “I was desperate and looking all over.”

In the meantime, she said, she’s been renting commercial kitchen space to continue producing her kimchi, which is sold at several local grocery stores. (Those sales, she added “let customers know I’m still alive.”)

“I want to be a contributor again,” she said. “And introduce Korean food to this wonderful community again.”

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Eric Dietrich can be reached at 406-582-2628 or edietrich@dailychronicle.com. He is on Twitter at @eidietrich.

Eric Dietrich covers city government and health for the Chronicle.

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