Indian cuisine is coming to Knoxville’s downtown food hall

After losing a food hall vendor within the first year of opening, Marble City Market has found a replacement at KatiRoll Wala.

The Indian concept will offer Kati Rolls and rice bowls, according to the Facebook page of the food hall, and “will stay true to Indian flavors without compromising on health”.

The new vendor plans to open its stand in June, but no date has been announced.

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How will Kati Roll Wala fit into the city center?

Some people yearn for healthier options at Knoxville’s premier food hall, located at 333 W. Depot Ave. in downtown Knoxville. KatiRoll Wala will add vegan options to the mix and join the gluten-free concept The Donut Theory in providing meals for people with dietary restrictions.

Although Knox News has not heard from the owners, the KatiRoll Wala website outlines the types of food that will be offered. A Chicken tikka Kati Roll is on the menu, along with a Vegan Chole Rice Bowl and a Keema Bowl.

The seller also plans to open a store in Chicago, according to his recently created Instagram account, which includes an article on buying a franchise.

Knox News reported in October that another indian fast service concept is planned for the 100 block of Gay Street by the folks behind Aroma Indian Kitchen in Cedar Bluff.

The departure opens the conversation

At Po’Richard recently left the Marble City market after about six months of operation, citing the decrease in foot traffic. Paysan Sandwich Shop has moved to the Po’ Richard’s stand and Hawaiian-inspired Lanai food truck opened a temporary stand in Chez Paysan while curators at the Hospitality HQ food hall worked to find a replacement.

Lanai is owned by the same people as Smash Knoxville, a successful food hall vendor at both Marble City Market and a food hall in Omaha, Nebraska, also operated by Hospitality HQ. Local business owners plan to rebrand themselves as Smash City and open more food hall locations in other cities.

Po’ Richard’s departure has opened up conversations about whether the food hall lived up to the hype, the subject of last week’s episode of “The Scruffy Stuff” podcast.

With separate owners still planning another food hall in South Knoxville, Marble City Market was Knoxville’s first introduction to food halls when it opened in November. Check back to knoxnews.com for updates on both concepts.

David H. Henry