Taco Bell is reeling in customers in India with its Paneer and Potato Burrito. The fast food franchise opened its very first restaurant in India last month, and by all accounts it’s a major hit – even though most people in India have never tried Mexican food and can’t even pronounce what’s on the menu. “Quesadilla is going to be a tongue twister for some,” admits Niren Chaudhary, the guy who’s heading up the Indian expansion for Taco Bell. Indeed, the store features a “tacopedia” on the wall so customers know what they are getting and how to say it, reports The Wall Street Journal. Located in a mall in Mumbai, the nation’s technology capital, the store is attracting about 2,500 customers a day. And, because this is India, there are absolutely no beef items on the menu. But there are plenty of chicken and vegetarian options – like the aforementioned Paneer and Potato Burrito. Taco Bell plans to open 100 more Indian locations over the next five years.
You’re busted. A KFC franchisee in Kentucky can sleep easy now that her beloved bronzed bust of the colonel has been retuned safe and sound. The trouble started two months ago, when a prankster nabbed the prized $1,200 bust from her KFC restaurant. The statue was sculpted in 1955 by the Colonel’s daughter Margaret and was purchased by franchise owner Jean Anderson, who has operated her KFC for 36 years. Anderson was so desperate to get the statue back, she offered $500 worth of chicken for information leading to its safe return. A tipster told the cops where they could find it – the home of young man who presumably wanted it to impress his buddies. The informant, who prefers to remain anonymous, turned down the reward — rightfully realizing that $500 worth of chicken it not worth being tarred and feathered by a former friend.
Get a McEducation. China, a nation that puts a premium on education, is always happy to welcome a new school –even if it’s just for making burgers and fries. McDonald’s has launched its first Hamburger University in Shanghai to train a new generation of managers in the ways of running a western-style franchise. “It’s because of China’s strategic importance to McDonald’s that we have chosen to have our new Hamburger University in Shanghai,” said Tim Fenton, the company’s president for Asia. The school sports a life-size statue of fearless leader Ronald McDonald in its lobby and aims to produce 5,000 graduates over the next five years, reports the Associated Press. In fairness to the school, it will not teach pupils how to flip burgers, but rather how to effectively operate a franchise and manage employees.