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Local Indian Restaurant Chain to Open 1st Franchised Spot in KoP

The first franchised location of a local Indian restaurant chain will open in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, an area that lately has seen a surge of new restaurants, both local and national.

Tiffin, which first opened in 2007 in Northern Liberties, has grown to nine locations throughout the Philadelphia region, and additional locations were always in the books after owner and CEO Munish Narula decided to franchise.

Narula had been scouting locations for a few months now, with the first location slated to open early next year at the Valley Forge Plaza Shopping Center. The restaurant will be led by franchisee Rajesh Byanjankar, a 9-year veteran of Tiffin and one the company's first employees.

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"We started to see a pattern several years ago as former Tiffin employees would open their own restaurants. It occurred to me I'd rather turn my employees into partners instead of competitors," Narula said. "The experience Rajesh brings to the first Tiffin franchise is enormously valuable and helps assure its success."

Wharton School MBA grad Narula closed his Tashan Restaurant & Lounge last September after four years in operation to focus on Tiffin's growth. It's no surprise Narula decided to expand in the Philadelphia region first; he told the Philadelphia Business Journal earlier this year that the plan was to grow " close to home" first before tackling other markets.

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