Srinivasa Nimmagadda isn’t new to restaurant game. With the opening of a fine-dining restaurant in Johns Creek, also called Sankranti, Nimmagadda established himself as a leader in Georgia’s restaurant scene. Now, he aims to create a new concept, using the same name from his original eatery, which means “positive change” in Sanskrit, to bring a fast-casual option for Indian food to Atlantans.
Sankranti will feature healthy and approachable versions of kathi rolls, curry bowls, pulao, and kabobs, as well as traditional appetizers like samosas. The menu will represent both northern and southern regions of India, and guests will order over the counter, choosing from a variety of proteins.
“We are trying to reach American diners who are ready to try something new,” Nimmagadda, who seeks to make Indian cuisine more mainstream, said in a press release. “Our menu encourages exploration and offers a taste of India without having to travel.”
So when do you get to experience this for yourself? The first quick-service Sankranti will open at 237 Perimeter Center Parkway NE in the State Farm office building near the Dunwoody MARTA station. The 1,700 square-foot restaurant will have both indoor and outdoor dining, an open kitchen and counter, and high-top tables that will accommodate 30 patrons indoors. Seating for 30 more will be available outside.
In addition to this first spot, Nimmagadda plans to franchise 10 more locations next year. When reached for comment, Nimmagadda said none of these sites have yet been finalized.
Look for the Dunwoody location to open in early November, and find Sankranti on social media for further details.