An Indian street food restaurant has claimed a spot in Cumberland County.
Eggholic is en route to the Gateway Square Shopping Center in Hampden Township. It’s the first central Pennsylvania location for the Chicago-based chain, which operates a handful of restaurants in the United States.
An opening date has not been announced, although Eggholic’s website says it’s coming soon.
The chain was founded in 2018 by cousins Bhagyesh Patel and Lay Patel, who grew up in western India and were inspired by family egg nights. As the the restaurant’s name implies, eggs are the star of the menu.
“We might be Eggholics, but our love and skills have brought a twist to Indian street food not seen around America,” reads the restaurant’s website.
Eggholic’s menus offer endless egg-based Indian street food dishes prepared on the spot in different forms with gravies, sandwiches, wraps, rice and chaat. In India, the food is often found on lahris or street carts.
Eggholic recently caught the attention of The New Yorker magazine, which profiled the chain’s new Queens, New York location. Writer Hannah Goldfield compared Eggholic’s bright and clean setting to other fast food establishments and noted the “dizzying array of casually presented but artfully executed egg dishes.”
Eggholics operate in places with growing Indian American populations such as Nashville, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky; Irving, Texas; and Brampton, Ontario.
The restaurant will join a growing number of Asian restaurants and markets cropping up in Cumberland County, where the Asian population has nearly doubled. At least two Asian markets operate at the Gateway Square, including Apna Bazar Farmers Market, an eight-aisle store specializing in foods from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Several other restaurants are targeted to open along the Carlisle Pike in the near future including Crumbl Cookies, Dave’s Hot Chicken and Mr. Sticky’s.