Photo by Jared Castaldi
The number of new restaurants rolling into King of Prussia keeps growing. The management of Tiffin recently announced its first official franchise location is scheduled to open in early 2017 at Valley Forge Plaza Shopping Center. Tiffin currently has nine locations, including in Wynnewood and Bryn Mawr. Franchisee Rajesh Byanjankar, a nine-year veteran of Tiffin and one the restaurant’s first employees, will head up the new restaurant.
“We started to see a pattern several years ago as former employees would open their own restaurants. It occurred to me I’d rather turn my employees into partners instead of competitors,” says Tiffin founder and CEO Munish Narula. “The experience Rajesh brings to the first Tiffin franchise is enormously valuable and helps ensure its success.”
“This is a great opportunity for me to build my own business based on my 9 years of training at various new Tiffin locations,” says Byanjankar.
The meteoric success of Tiffin since its opening in 2007 is reflected not only by its own growth to nine locations throughout Philadelphia and neighboring Pennsylvania and New Jersey suburbs, but also the spike in the number of competitors in Indian cuisine—there are more than 50 Indian restaurants operating in the same trading region.
Narula is proud of the proliferation of Indian restaurants. To prepare for regional, and eventually national, expansion, Narula has devoted the past year to upgrading the ordering technology and delivery scheduling protocols to reduce wait times. As they improve their model, he expects the chain to continue its rapid expansion.