Kurry Shack Opens 3 New Locations in Philly and Celebrates with Free Food This Weekend
Restaurateur Shafi Gaffar announces the grand opening of three new restaurants that will bring his brand of homestyle Indian to each corner of the city. Kurry Shack will expand across Philadelphia with new locations opening on Friday, August 27th in Old City (6 N. 3rd Street), Rittenhouse (2101 Chestnut Street) and Francisville (1839 Poplar Street). All three locations will offer pick-up, take-out, delivery and dine-in. The Brewerytown location has the largest dining room and outdoor seating footprint, with seating for up to 60 guests at one time. The original proof of concept location at 2015 E. Moyamensing Avenue is also now fully opened with expanded hours, indoor and outdoor dining, take-out and delivery.
For the weekend-long celebration, all NEW locations will offer a free mango lassi and free appetizer (mix pakoras or samosa) per party for the entire weekend Friday to Sunday for dine-in or take-out (not delivery). This is Gaffar’s way to say thanks and get to know each of the brand’s new neighborhoods. Starting hours for all locations as of this weekend will be Tuesday to Sunday, 11:30am to 9:30pm. Orders stop fifteen minutes before the kitchen closes.
Delivery and advance ordering are currently available through the Kurryshack.com website. The restaurant has a full team of delivery drivers for fast, hot and efficient service for a coverage area for all four properties that spans from North Philly all the way to South Philly, from Schuylkill River to Schuylkill River, and into University City. Kurry Shack is also available for delivery on all major delivery outlets, including Uber Eats, Grub Hub, Caviar and Door Dash. Stay tuned for delivery offers and special programs through the fall and winter. For more information and to order, visit Kurryshack.com or call each location’s phone number.
As of Friday, Kurry Shack will celebrate four brick and mortar locations in business – and Gaffar is currently in the process of opening two additional locations – with more on the way.
HOMESTYLE FAST CASUAL INDIAN COOKING
“Ever since I did Tanoor and Makhani, I wanted to open my own version of a fast casual neighborhood Indian restaurant,” said Gaffar. “I wanted to do it on my own and on my own terms – with a menu I picked with Chef – in a colorful and hip dining room, with traditional dishes and some unique dishes you can’t get anywhere else. Kurry Shack is come-as-you-are and designed with the neighborhood in mind. Everyone is welcome and we hope each is a home away from home to our patrons throughout the city.”
Kurry Shack specializes in what Gaffar calls homestyle Indian cuisine – which is based on North Indian cuisine, cooking style and recipes. Along with standard dishes, look for some unique selections that are a twist on the tradition, as well as a selection of desserts, beverages and other special items.
For the menu, Gaffar also realized the growing demand for gluten free and vegan items – as well as more vegetable items in general. All appetizers and entrees can be made gluten free except for the bread selection. The menu has a full list and outlines Vegan and Gluten Free dishes, to make it easy for diners. “Gluten free and vegan diners are not an after-thought,” said Gaffar. “From the opening of our doors, we have special dishes made to cater to their palate. These days its not enough to adapt some dishes – creating tasty and hearty gluten free and vegan dishes is something a restaurant needs to do right out of the gate.”
For the price point, all menu items are priced to be affordable for each neighborhood with the goal to be affordable so neighbors and diners come visit once, twice and three times a week. “The market has so much room for growth – as long as you have a great product and make things affordable,” he added. “I don’t want to be a once a month restaurant option. I opened in four different neighborhoods where neighbors, young families, students and workers can enjoy our cooking multiple days a week. We aim to keep prices affordable and our quality high, so we see repeat customers for lunch and dinner each and every week.”
Kurry Shack brings its signature and traditional favorite dishes and beverages to the four corners of Philadelphia – with a selection of standard items you can get at any location. Additionally, each location features some unique menu items that are special for that neighborhood. The interiors and layouts are also all different, and cater to the neighborhood. For menu and location differences, see below for a big picture overview.
All four locations feature innovative self-ordering kiosks that are a first for any neighborhood Indian restaurant in the Philadelphia region. These were installed and designed before the pandemic, but the pandemic also made their importance even more relevant as it streamlined the ordering system for the protection of patrons and staff.
For kitchen and cooking, the kitchen team in each location begins each day with extensive preparations for the sauces served – some taking hours and hours to cook and simmer. All four locations feature special equipment installed including a Tandoori Clay Oven – along with all new kitchen equipment.
” Aside from taste, the biggest factors that can set you apart when you’re serving ethnic based food is freshness, quality of service, and convenience of delivery,” said Gaffar. “There are many great Indian restaurants in Philadelphia, but we wanted to excel not just in taste, but customer satisfaction when it comes to delivery time, ease of access, and consistency. Having multiple locations helps each location to provide the highest level of service to smaller numbers of neighborhoods and communities. That is why it was important to bring a location to neighborhoods around the city.”
Kurry Shack – South Philadelphia
The Original Location
2015 E Moyamensing Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148