Saravana Bhavan

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Hotel Saravana Bhavan
GenreSouthern Indian Cuisine
Founded1981; 40 years ago (1981)
FounderP. Rajagopal
Number of locations
33 (in India), 77 (outside India)
Area served
India, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Oman, Canada, France, Belgium, Germany, Singapore, Bahrain, UAE, UK, USA, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Qatar, Hong Kong, Thailand, Netherlands, and Sweden.
Key people
P. R. Siva Kumar
R. Saravanan
ProductsFood, Sweets, Bakery, Ice Cream
ServicesFast Food, Take Away, Home Delivery and Outdoor Catering
RevenueIncrease29,782.4 million (US$420 million) (2017)
Number of employees
8,700 (in India - 2014)

Hotel Saravana Bhavan is the largest South Indian restaurant chain in the world, founded in 1981 with 5,000 capital in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.[1] They have 33 locations in India (24 in Chennai) and 77 across 22 countries in Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Europe, and North America.[2][3]


P. Rajagopal opened a tiny grocery shop on the outskirts of the city.[4] In 1992, Rajagopal on his visits to Singapore observed the functioning of the multinational fast food joints like McDonald's and used them as a model.[5]

By the 1990s, the Saravana Bhavan chain spread throughout neighbourhoods in Chennai. In 2000, Saravana Bhavan opened its first branch outside India, opening a franchise in Dubai, with a large number of Indian expatriates. It eventually expanded to Paris, Frankfurt, London, New York City, Dallas, Toronto, Stockholm, Doha, and Auckland. While the restaurants was gained popularity among non-Indians, they mostly target the South Asian expatriate population. They are sometimes referred to as "canteen-like joints are strictly aimed at Indian expatriates missing a taste of home".[6] It is considered to be a high volume, low margin venture which is labour-intensive. Saravana Bhavan sends workers from India and America to work in their foreign branches.[7] The overseas outlets are run by franchisees.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Founder & Key Personalities". Saravana Bhavan. Retrieved 31 May 2007.
  2. ^ Berry, Rynn; Suzuki, Chris A.; Litsky, Barry (2006). The Vegan Guide to New York City. Ethical Living. p. 27. ISBN 0-9788132-0-0. Retrieved 3 July 2008.
  3. ^ Addison, Bill (30 June 2006). "Diners line up for Saravana dosas". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 3 July 2008.
  4. ^ Romig, Rollo (7 May 2014). "Masala Dosa to Die For". Retrieved 12 April 2019 – via
  5. ^ The Hindu, Friday, 21 August 1998
  6. ^ "Coconuts Hong Kong Hot Spot food review of Indian restaurant Saravana Bhavan". Coconuts. 18 November 2015. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  7. ^ Management, Strategic; Asia-Pacific; China; India; America, North. "Indian Restaurant Chains Have Overseas Expansion on Their Menus". Knowledge@Wharton. Retrieved 12 April 2019.

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