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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Kasa Plans to Roll Out Indian Street-Food Truck

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 4:24 PM

click to enlarge Kasa's turkey kati rolls could soon be taking to the streets. - CAROLYN ALBURGER
  • Carolyn Alburger
  • Kasa's turkey kati rolls could soon be taking to the streets.
Kasa Indian Eatery has been serving up Indian street food from its brick-and-mortar locations since the first restaurant launched in the Castro in 2008. Soon, it hopes to roll out an actual kati-roll truck.

Kati rolls, of course, are vaguely burritolike wraps, buttery roti rolled up around meats like chicken tikka. Kasa's turkey-kebab kati rolls made it to SFoodie's 92 list of favorite local dishes earlier this year.

Kasa chef and co-owner Anamika Khanna broke word of the kati-roll truck Friday at Eat Real. Today her business partner Tim Volkema offered more details via e-mail: "We are definitely hoping to launch a big, purple (probably purple anyway) kati roll truck sometime in the next couple of months. ... We're looking for parking spots in the downtown area for lunch and we're thinking about various late night spots. We will look in the East Bay too depending on what we find in SF." One caveat: Volkema says the company's yet to wade into S.F.'s labyrinthine mobile-vending permitting process, which has been known to drag on. So any timeline is strictly preliminary.

Kasa won't be the first mobile Indian venture on city streets. In April, Curry Up Now rolled out its San Francisco truck.

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