“Agar baccha bigad jaye, usko theek karne mein bhi thoda time toh lagta hi hai (If a kid goes wayward, it takes time to reform him),” says Jayaram Banan, the 64-year-old founder of Delhi-NCR’s favourite south Indian food chain, Sagar Ratna. Banan’s journey is a quintessential rags-to-riches story of a 13-year-old who ran away from his village in Karnataka, after flunking an exam; worked as a waiter in Mumbai and then finally in 1986 set up Sagar Ratna in Delhi. Over the next two decades, the restaurant found a fan following across Delhi — a market where people had limited options for authentic south Indian food.
Jayaram Banan has elaborate plans to revive Sagar Ratna’s fortunes having bought back his stake from India Equity Partners
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