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Dining News: RIP Mongo Mongo, Welcome Sawasdee Thai Cuisine

Mongo Mongo, the only Mongolian BBQ restaurant on The Grid, opened in January 2012, and based on its Yelp reviews and Facebook posts, it looks like it closed in late February or early March.

Efforts to contact owner John Ng (no relation to yours truly) via his cell phone, e-mail and Facebook were unsuccessful, so I don't have any insight into why it's closed.

But replacing it will be Sawasdee Thai Cuisine. The windows were covered when I paid the place a visit earlier this week, but I could peek through and see that not much work had been done on the location. Mongo Mongo's unique open kitchen design was still there and the tables were stacked in the middle of the room.

It doesn't look like Sawasdee Thai's opening is immenent.

(H/T to Allison Joy on Sac Press who first reported Mongo Mongo was closed.)

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