Denny's, Pollo Tropical, Applebee's and Johnny Rockets are among the latest crop of U.S. casual and fast-casual chains counting India as a key market for future growth, a country that has proven successful for early entrants including McDonald's and Yum! Brands. Restaurant brands seeking success in India face a few hurdles, including ownership laws that require them to sign Indian partners and a largely vegetarian population that means tweaking the menus.

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