Growing up in Southern India, Venkat was all too familiar with the power of a home-cooked meal. It was what brought family together, and was a detailed process that delivered high-quality, flavorful food that warmed the soul.
When Venkat moved to the United States to pursue graduate school, the thought of opening his own restaurant was always in the back of his mind. Though the local Utah Indian food scene was slowly growing, he felt it was missing truly authentic Southern Indian cuisine. But with an established career in the Chemistry field, the timing never felt quite right.
However, in 2014, with the perfect location in Sugar House opening up, Venkat and his wife Miriam opened Karma Cafe. Rather than focusing on creating a large menu, Venkat instead opted to embrace the home made, family style cooking that he grew up with. With only two dishes made a night, seating and portions are limited. But always, always worth it. Tied in with their delicious and specialized beverage menu, Karma Cafe is there for your weekend brunch needs, or your late night study break.
Venkat still balances his full-time job as a researcher with Karma Cafe. While this means a very busy schedule, it also means that passion flows through every area of his life.
Join us as we sit down with Venkat and Miriam, and learn more about Venkat's outstanding story.