Hotel Saravanaa Bhavan is one of the largest vegetarian restaurant chains in the world, founded in 1981 offering south Indian Vegetarian cuisine. They have more than 33 outlets in India (20 outlets in Chennai) and 47 around the world (including Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the United States, and the Middle East. Until the 1970’s, there were practically no restaurants in Chennai. Rajagopal in 1968 opened a tiny grocery shop on the outskirts of the city. Rajagopalan’s vision and a keen desire to take his concept worldwide was a gradual process. By the 1990s, the Saravana Bhavan chain spread throughout neighborhoods in Chennai. In 2000, Saravana Bhavan opened its first branch outside India, opening a restaurant in Dubai, with a large number Indian expatriates. It eventually expanded to Paris, Frankfurt, London, New York, Toronto and Doha.