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Chain Links: I Say Rice and Beans, You Say Basmati and Dahl

Peruvian chefs are in demand in South America and many of the hot ticket restaurants in Quito have one. Partners in Ecuador’s branch of Astrid y Gastón, celebrity chef Gastón Acurio’s upscale chain, also own the local T.G.I. Friday’s and Pizza Hut franchises. I wonder how our soon-to-open La Mar will fare.

I don’t imagine there will be Peruvian chefs at the new Carl’s Jr. opening in Panama City, the country’s first branch.

American franchises haven’t done so well down under. Ben & Jerry’s hopes to change that.

As the American chain barrage continues in India, adaptations are being made. Pollo Tropical’s rice and beans may morph into basmati and dahl, flatbreads will find a place at Wing Stop, Wendy’s will lose the beef—and that’s just the beginning.

German fast food chain, Wienerwald will be opening in Romania. Chicken appears to be their specialty.

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