One of the Bay Area’s most prominent fast casual Indian chains is coming to Southern California in a big way, as Curry Up Now has inked its first big LA-area deal for a space down in Irvine.
Curry Up Now is one of the country’s biggest food truck success stories, having successfully transitioned from a fleet of food trucks to brick and mortar locations all across Northern California. As Eater SF notes, the 2009 company, founded by husband and wife Akash and Rana Kapoor and partner Amir Hosseini, now has standalone locations in Palo Alto, San Mateo, San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. Like LA’s Kogi BBQ, they continue to operate several food trucks as well.
The restaurant chain mostly hews to new takes on already-popular Indian food, from straightforward lamb samosas to Indian-influenced tacos and tikka masala burritos. There are also bowls, thali platters, paratha quesadillas, and Curry Up Now’s own take on a Badmaash staple: Indian poutine fries.
Per a release from the company, Curry Up Now will land its first Orange County location at the Irvine Spectrum, with plans to open in the spring of next year. The new franchisees are keen to sprout up in Los Angeles proper eventually, while other deals are in the works for cities like San Diego and Atlanta. Ownership says they’d ultimately like to see 500 or more locations across the United States, all as part of a deal with Fransmart, the company that made The Halal Guys, Qdoba, and Five Guys national names.
Curry Up Now. 922 Spectrum Drive, Irvine, CA.