Curry Up Now, a San Francisco-based, fast-casual Indian restaurant chain, will open its first of five planned Atlanta locations at 1555 Church Street in North Decatur. The restaurant is part of the North Decatur Square mixed-used development. Neighbors in the complex include a Whole Foods 365 Market, several restaurants like Tin Drum Asian and Bad Daddy Tacos, and a 450-unit, four-story apartment building.
Two more Curry Up Nows will open at Madison Yards on the corner of Bill Kennedy Way and Memorial Drive in Reynoldstown and the Interlock at Howell Mill Road and 10th Street in Westside. No word as to where the other two Atlanta locations plan to open.
Curry Up Now serves traditional dishes such as biryani and thali platters. But, diners can also expect riffs on tikka masala, chicken or paneer naan (flatbread) — dubbed “naughty naan” — with cheese, caramelized onions, and jalapeños, and “sexy fries”, a variant on poutine made with sweet potatoes and topped with cheese and a choice of protein.
Hemant Suri (former owner of Midtown Tavern) is on board as the franchisee for all of the Atlanta restaurants.
“Atlanta has a great up-and-coming food scene, but no one is doing Indian the way Curry Up Now is,” Suri said of the restaurant chain coming to Atlanta in an April press release. “When we heard about Curry Up Now and saw what they were doing, we knew we had to be the first ones to bring the brand and their unique and innovative cuisine to Atlanta.”
It’s a bold statement given the popularity of local Indian street food restaurants Chai Pani in Decatur and Botiwalla at Ponce City Market, owned by chef Meherwan Irani. Many of Atlanta’s best Indian restaurants and food markets are also within a mile of the North Decatur Square development. This includes the restaurant-heavy Patel Brothers shopping complex less than a mile up the road on Church Street and Zyka on Scott Boulevard.
The Bay-area chain began as a food truck and currently operates several locations in northern California.