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Our History, Pt. 1

posted May 15, 2011, 6:41 AM by Dustin Romero   [ updated Jun 2, 2011, 9:21 AM ]
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        I have to confess. We’re not chefs, we’re not successful business veterans. We weren’t raised in India. We’re just a few locals who wanted to make an honest living with something we could feel good about. I want to share our story to give people an idea of who we are, where we come from and what it's taken to get us to the stage we're in now.

        Our adventure started with a conversation a few years ago about food carts between me and some friends of mine, but the real meat of the story began in Salt Lake's own Bombay House. When Kim and I had been dating for about a month I decided to take her to one of my favorite eateries for one of our date nights. I have to confess, I was really just trying to impress her with my cultural prowess, but I also new she'd like the complexity of the flavors. I was right. She instantly fell in love.
      Before we even decided to open a food cart we decided that we wanted to learn how to do one thing really well. Honestly we wanted to get good at a lot of things, but we thought it would be cool to get especially good at one thing...or maybe a few, at least ;). We decided to specialize in Indian food. We did a little research and cooked Indian Cuisine for a few parties and get together’s. We weren't really trying to take ourselves too seriously, but when I got my orders to deploy to Iraq for a year I couldn't help it, I needed to figure things out for the future.

Kim getting a Henna tatoo at an Indian Festival

    I thought I was going to be going to Monterrey, California to the Defense Language Institute to be trained in Arabic as an Army linguist. I wasn't ignorant to how the Army worked, so when the call came changing those plans I wasn't surprised, although I was glad for the chance to serve. When I realized that I would making decent money, with nothing to spend it on I started thinking about a food cart. I brought the idea up to Kim, and she was enthusiastic.

We didn’t initially rest on Indian Cuisine. We mulled over hot dogs, hamburgers and barbecue, and those are all awesome street foods, but we love being unique. We did exhaustive searches and scoured the city (no we didn't, haha), we didn't find one single Indian food cart, at all. Not even anything close, so we decided we would go with that. 

Me In Iraq

The story of course doesn’t end here, I’ll put up another post soon with how we developed our menu, purchased our cart and dealt with the beginning portion of my deployment. It wasn't easy, I want everyone to know I've enjoyed the process, but I want to give an idea of just how difficult it can be to start and run a business from Iraq. Check back soon, or "Like" on on Facebook (facebook.com/TheCurryer) for updates. Thanks for reading, Cheers! ~Dustin