According to a recent article from Seattle Eater, Spice Waala will be expanding to Columbia City, located at 5020 Rainier Ave S.
“Our official opening date will depend on permits and construction, but we are currently aiming for January of 2024,” co-owner and Chief Feeding Officer Uttam Mukherjee told What Now Seattle.
“This location will have the same menu as our others but will be a take-out window only with some bench seating outside for sunny days. We have kept the historic aspects of the building but hope to add some aesthetic color to the neighborhood.”
“Spice Waala started in South Lake Union Saturday Market in 2018 because we wanted to introduce Seattle to authentic street food we grew up with in Calcutta & Delhi. India has a very diverse cuisine with every city & state serving unique dishes.”
“Most of what is available in the U.S. is not representative of what we grew up with and hence the concept was born. We’ve been lucky to expand from there to a restaurant in Capitol Hill in 2019, Ballard in 2021, and now Columbia City,” Uttam added.
According to the company website, “Uttam, the Chief Feeding Officer at Spice Waala is an ardent foodie who always dreamt of having a kathi roll business someday. Originally from Calcutta, the land where kathi rolls were first created, he is very particular about the quality and taste, always striving to perfect our food & customer experience. Along with his street food palette, Uttam brings with him years of business and marketing experience from corporate America.”
“Aakanksha, the Chief Impact Officer at Spice Waala, has spent her life researching food justice and how to bring about social change. As a Ph.D. in Social Work, a former Professor at Seattle University, and currently the Senior Research Director at Casey Family Programs; you can find her molding future generations in these innovative practices.”
“She found ways to integrate the values into the business model of Spice Waala to have the biggest impact on our employees & the community. Aakanksha takes pride in being a Delhi native and loves introducing you to her city’s street food. So along with caring for the community and employees, she also makes sure that you all get to eat her special favorites.”