Kaz Kazmi doesn’t call his fast-casual concept Merzi an Indian restaurant. “It’s Indian-inspired,” he said, noting that “merzi” means “choice” in Hindi. “Food from India doesn’t have to be thick, heavy curries. It can be something different.” With one location that opened in December in Washington, D.C.’s downtown, Kazmi borrowed elements from Chipotle with a customizable menu that allows guests to choose from a rice ...

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