Indian street food joins restaurant mix at buzzy new Fort Worth center
An Indian street food concept is coming to Fort Worth: Curry Up Now, a chain from the West Coast, will open a location in the growing North City development at Alliance in North Fort Worth.
A spokesperson for the center says there's still no street address and it won't open for probably at least another year, since the growing North City development still has to be built. Still, we can all agree that it's never too soon to get excited about Indian food.
Curry Up Now is an Indian fast-casual concept from San Francisco, founded in 2009 as a food truck by husband-and-wife Akash and Rana Kapoor. They've since expanded to three food trucks, plus more than a dozen brick-and-mortar restaurants in Northern and Southern California, Utah, New Jersey, and Georgia.
Their motto is "not your average Indian fare," with fun items such as a tandoori fried chicken sandwich, sweet potato waffle fries with hot & sweet tomato dipping sauce, and fried cheese ravioli with tikka masala dip.
Signature dishes include:
- Tikka Masala Burritos
- Deconstructed Samosas
- Indian-style tacos
- Naughty Naan
There is also a section of Indian street food snacks and more traditional dishes like Thali Platters, Kathi Rolls, and Bhel Puri; plus craft cocktails and bar bites.
One of the largest mixed-use developments in the southwest, the North City development is on fire, with other coming-soons that include super-buzzy Portillo's, Snooze an AM Eatery, Velvet Taco, and Kura Revolving Sushi.
Curry Up Now CEO Akash Kapoor acknowledges the specialness of the center, stating, "We couldn’t have asked for a better location and a better team for our next location in the great state of Texas."
The first location in Texas opened at Grandscape in The Colony in 2021. There's also a Curry Up Now presence in Dallas as part of the Kitchen United take-out counter inside the Kroger store at 5665 E. Mockingbird Ln.; however, that is just a commissary kitchen doing Curry Up Now dishes and not anyone actually connected with the concept.
The franchisee bringing Curry Up Now to Fort Worth is Ekam Gourmet Kitchens, LLC, a female-run franchise group led by Samyuktha Kilaru and Kiran Khajuria, who boast more than 25 years of experience in logistics and customer service, including Kilaru’s experience working in the food business.
They've been committed to bringing Curry Up Now to DFW for at least two years, and now finally have the perfect space.
“We’re beyond excited to have found the perfect location to bring this concept to Fort Worth,” Kilaru says. “North City is the kind of development we’d been targeting, and it will be the perfect home to display the dynamic flavors and bright energy that makes Curry Up Now such an exciting experience. The people of Forth Worth are really going to love it.”