Working a day job in the marketing department at a telecommunications company was not enough for Deepak Nagpal. That is why he bought Kurry Walah in June 2018 from a friend and now dedicates his free time to running the eatery along with his wife, Ritu.

Deepak said he and Ritu did not want to become stagnant after office hours and needed a project to be passionate about and keep busy, and on weekends, there are rarely open tables.

“I love what I do,” he said. “The company knows that the restaurant business is my passion, and they support me. My boss and co-workers have come to eat here many times. Honestly, we are not here to make millions of dollars. We are here to provide you very good, high-quality food at a reasonable rate.”

Deepak said his friend Nirman Shah opened Kurry Walah in February 2012 at 1830 S. Mason Road. Shah has another restaurant, Nirmanz’s Food Boutique in Sugar Land, that became popular and made it difficult for him to dedicate time to both eateries.

Deepak said Kurry Walah has many loyal customers that have been dining there for years. He said he bought it because it was the most authentic Indian food he and Ritu had tasted in the area and wanted to share it with locals.

“We have a Northern Indian cuisine, and we don’t change our recipes,” Deepak said. “We make sure the food is exactly as it is in India. I know what 85% of our customers eat and how they eat it. They don’t change their order and love their food exactly the same as the last time they ate it.”

Deepak plans to open a new location for Kurry Walah in Cypress, where he lives, by October or November of this year but has not yet found an ideal space.

Deepak said he shares a passion for the Indian restaurant business with much of his family, who also own several eateries in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived for 23 years before moving to Cypress for his job four years ago.

He said taking care of his employees and customers is what makes him happy at the end of each day.

“We love to talk to people and know what needs to be done,” Nagpal said. “I don’t mind if I have to vacuum, pick up dirty dishes, clean dishes. I don’t have to do it. I have a very good job, but this is where my passion is. I don’t mind because that’s what I am. This restaurant is our baby. This is our job.”

Kurry Walah

1830 S. Mason Road, Ste.165, Katy
Hours: Sun.-Thu. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5-9:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5-10 p.m. Closed Tue.