Hot Indian, the bright orange food truck with the Indian eats has added a new skyway location. This is its second permanent stand, with another at the Midtown Global Market and a fourth planned for the Mall of America. The elevated spot is at 801 Marquette Avenue in the second-level maze that connects most of the downtown area better known as the skyway. The ordering system takes a cue from Chipotle, where folks can line up, pick a protein, sauce and delivery method. There are vegetarian, gluten-free, Minnesota-spice levels and meaty/hot/bready things all available on the menu.
The truck and restaurants are the work of Amol Dixit, an Indian-American who had an a-ha moment when working with a chef-friend. They came up with an Indian street wrap, the genius combination of curry wrapped in roti for easy toting. He’d worked in marketing at General Mills and knew about branding. To seize the fun of a Bollywood dance party, he came up with Sona, the face on the side of the truck and harbinger of fun times. Dixit also partnered with chef Janene Holig to create the menu.
Since opening Hot Indian has garnered a huge following, and popped up in all sorts of locations like at Target Field and the Minnesota State Fair.
Mpls/St. Paul Magazine went inside the new spot where Sona is near the end of the line, requesting a high-five. There’s also a disco ball above the check out. After getting food, diners can opt to do a little Bollywood-style dance move for a discount on the meal.
Hot Indian skyway opens for lunch Monday May 21 at 11 am.