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IMLI Indian Street Food Concept Lands at 4th and Main Downtown

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With a pop-up beforehand to welcome their flavors into the neighborhood.

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Downtown is about to get a dose of true Indian street food snacks, thanks to a newcomer named IMLI. Focusing on authentic recreations of dishes like rasta sandwiches and Goan prawn curry, ownership hopes to expand the city’s repertoire beyond the usual fare by dropping in a full-fledged restaurant off Main this coming March.

The proposed IMLI space will take up a slice of the mixed-use building on the northeast corner of 4th and Main, just steps from the likes of Ledlow and KazuNori. Despite the high foot traffic, that building has had some tenant issues in the past (see also: the forgotten Tione’s on Main, which is nearly ready to flip into a Spread Mediterranean Kitchen), though it’s rumored that the long-delayed Gorge space may, hopefully, one day come to life there as well.

Regardless, IMLI’s new location should give them plenty of early eyeballs with Downtowners looking to eat on the cheap, as the inexpensively-priced Indian options will make for a great quick lunch or dinner option.

To help prep for their launch, owners Nish and Ashwini Jhaveri, plus Nikhil Merchant and Himanshu Barjatiya, will be hosting a pop-up at Daily Dose next week. Running February 12 and 13 only, the 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. takeover will actually happen through the restaurant’s takeout window on 7th, and will feature a larger selection of the future restaurant’s offerings.

Can’t make the pop-up? You’ll have to wait until March for the full IMLI experience at the Medallion Apartments, then.