Update: This story was updated on July 13, 2022 to reflect the opening date.
California-based fast-casual Indian restaurant Curry Up Now announced on July 13, 2022 that its first store in Texas is now open at Grandscape, billionaire Warren Buffett’s $1.5 billion development at The Colony.
Texas franchisees Ankita Mehta, Dharmesh Mehta, Kamlesh Modi, Jagruti Modi, Ratnakar Mody, Lila Mody and Aryan Vig have also opened a cocktail bar called Mortar & Pestle in tandem.
The franchisees plan to open up to six restaurants in Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin.
Curry Up Now’s menu offers a decidedly American take on Indian cuisine. The restaurant’s tandoori chicken is fried and served on a brioche bun with pineapple-jalapeño chutney, aioli and pickled onions. Various bowls offer popular diet options: keto, paleo, or vegan plant-based protein. Customers will also find more traditional options like bowls with tikka masala and saag paneer.
Almost anything that can come in a bowl can also come in a burrito.
Then there are the Sexy Fries (loaded sweet potato fries) and Naughty Naan (flatbread with cheese, caramelized onions, jalapeño, and choice of chicken, lamb, or paneer).
A press release describes Curry Up Now’s mission: “to serve Indian cuisine in a way that is accessible to American consumers using formats that are recognizable to the mainstream.” It offers a number of vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and halal options.
Drinks at the Mortar & Pestle bar include a Bangalore Old Fashioned made with garam masala and Indian rum instead of the typical bourbon.
Bartenders can do catering offsite, the website says. The restaurant also offers catering, take-out and delivery.
Founders Akash Kapoor and Rana Kapoor started Curry Up Now in 2009, and so far they operate 11 restaurants. The duo have partnered with Fransmart to franchise the business across the United States, and nearly 50 restaurants are currently under development.
Curry Up Now will host a grand opening event on Saturday, July 16 starting at 11 a.m. Guests can receive free face and henna tattoos and participate in giveaways and promotions, including a free burrito or bowl for the first 100 guests through the door and a Card Draw -Curry Up Now gifts worth $500.