Amid growing tension between the United States and Iran and sanctions that ban U.S. companies from doing business with the Islamic republic, an outlet of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) has opened in the Iranian city of Karaj.
Other outlets are also due to open in Tehran and other major cities throughout the country, presumably satisfying citizens’ taste for some down-home southern U.S. cooking.
Yet the CEO of Iran’s first KFC franchise, Amir Hossein Alizadeh, has gone to great lengths to emphasize that his fast-food restaurant is not American despite its name.
Alizadeh says it took him a “huge” investment and five years to obtain the required national and international permits to open KFCs in Iran.
When asked how an American brand made it into Iran, he said, “The name of our restaurant is KFC, but we’re not an American brand. We’re not an American company.”
“With the purchase of the rights from the mother company, Iranian KFC — and not American — has been inaugurated,” he add…