Restaurateur Srinivasa Nimmagadda “Nimms,” hoping to make Indian cuisine more mainstream, will open Sankranti, his new fast-casual Indian concept in Dunwoody, a suburb of Atlanta, in November, according to a company press release.

Sankranti will feature a combination of healthy menu offerings and will give guests an introduction to the regions of India.

The restaurant, located at 237 Perimeter Center Parkway NE in the State Farm office building near the Dunwoody MARTA station, will offer both indoor and outdoor dining. The 1,700-square-foot restaurant will feature an open kitchen and counter for ordering, seating for 30 guests at high-top tables indoors, along outdoor seating for an additional 30. The location will serve lunch and dinner.

“We are trying to reach American diners who are ready to try something new,” Nimmagadda said in the release. “Our menu encourages exploration and offers a taste of India without having to travel.”

Nimmagadda also owns a fine dining restaurant and banquet hall in Johns Creek, Georgia, also called Sankranti. He aims to fill the void of Indian food offerings in the QSR sector with a model he refers to as the Indian version of Chipotle or Panda Express.

Sankranti’s menu represents both northern and southern regions of India and will feature different varieties of curry bowls, kathi rolls, pulao, kabobs, traditional appetizers like samosas, salads, and desserts served in an assembly line-style format. Guests will order at the counter and can choose from proteins such as tikka chicken, malai chicken and lamb or vegetarian options like paneer tikka masala and mixed vegetable kurma.

“We strongly believe people should never have to compromise their health and wellbeing just to get a quick, delicious meal,” Nimmagadda said.

Nimmagadda will offer franchise opportunities and has 10 locations planned for the Atlanta area in 2022. His long-term goal is to make Sankranti available nationwide.