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Foreign food chains brave risks for a bite of Iran

Economy is still bogged down by red tape and struggles to attract overseas investors

The first branch of the high-end French chain Sushi Shop opened last week in a chic north Teheran neighbourhood, marking the culmination of a bruising 18 months of work.


FOR years, Iranians have had to put up with the likes of "Mash Donalds" and "Pizza Hat". Now real Western food franchises have finally arrived, but doing business in Iran is not for the faint-hearted.

Despite strict international sanctions being eased under a nuclear deal...

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