Archna Malhotra Becker
As the creaive force behind the tantalizing food of Bhojanic one of the most awarded and popular Indian food restaurants in the greater Atlanta area, Archna Becker has earned an amazing amount of accolades in her 23 year restaurateur career. She has garnered “Best” Indian restaurant awards from countless prestigious magazines, blogs and other publications including Creative Loafing, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta Cuisine, City Search and Atlanta Magazine, which named Bhojanic one of Atlanta’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2011. Archna (pronounced “urch‐na”) is on the board of the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA). She has been a regular guest host on a local radio talk show for foodies and has taught private and public cooking lessons in associaton with a national cooking equipment retailer. In 2013, she was nominated for Restaurateur of the Year by the GRA.
Growing up in India Archna was the idle one in the kitchen, always asking questions and helping her grandmother cook the food she loved. “In our family, everyone ends up in the kitchen, cooking, eatng and listening to music,” said Archna. She was 11 when her parents brought the family to America. In the early 1990s Archna convinced her parents to co-found with her a catering business.
Atlanta North Indian Cuisine (ANIC) would bring to Atlanta the authentic tastes that made up their Indian food heritage. ANIC won ongoing catering arrangements from Grammy-winning musicians that perform frequently in the Southeast, and became a popular caterer for major events at the Atlanta Convention Center, Emory and other large Atlanta area businesses.
After her catering success, Archna opened Bhojanic, a full service restaurant that offers authenic home-style Indian menu items that can be ordered as full meals or as individual tapas-style small plates. The concept is so popular that Bhojanic has quadrupled its size in 10 years.
Both her parents continue to ensure the authenticity of the food. The family works well together, and has built a business concept that is capable of tremendous growth. Bhojanic has won Creaive Loafing’s Reader’s Choice “Best Indian Restaurant 2014”, making them a winner now in each of the past seven years. In 2013 they opened to much fanfare a second, 120-seat Bhojanic location in the upscale Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta. In 2015 they debuted their Bhojanic Food Truck to the masses. Through the ANIC catering and Bhojanic restaurant operations, Archna Becker is quickly becoming one of the most recognized Indian food purveyors in Atlanta.