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A Partnership of Patels

 

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became fast friends at U-M Dearborn, where they both majored in finance, but the way they easily finish each other's sentences, argue good-naturedly, and liberally sprinkle their sentences with "awesome," they could be brothers.

Their new Plymouth Mall business, Curry Up, serves what it sounds like--quick, informal Indian street food. Categories on the menu include "chaat lari," "dosa," and "kati roll." Some, Ru says, represent regional specialties--the dosas are south Indian, while the kati rolls (fried chapatis wrapped around curries) are popular in Calcutta, and a lot of the chaats are Punjabi.

Neither Patel has any restaurant experience, but each brings useful skills to the business. Swetang's family owns the nearby Wine Seller and Om Market (his older brother Hardik, who runs the Wine Seller, is Curry Up's third partner). Rutul's family owns a small Indian catering business in Livonia called Rasna, where, he says, "my mom does the more traditional Gujarati items and my dad does more of the north Indian food." The Curry Up menu is in fact a much-condensed version of Rasna's offerings--the ones that the Patels thought would adapt best to a fast-food model.

For now, they've left the Gujarati food off the menu. Swetang claims Gujarati food doesn't lend itself to quick snacking.

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