Blatant American Food Chain Knockoffs in Iran

A Pizza Hat restaurant in Iran | Image: Instagram/pizza.hat

Prior to the Iranian (Islamic) revolution of 1979, and under the rule of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, Western influences were not frowned upon as they are in Iran today. The revolution changed the country and culture drastically in many ways. Out with the Western style clothing and makeup also went any American businesses, including food chains.

For example, McDonald's had a presence in Iran until the revolution. Now, Iran has Mash Donald's, complete with golden arches and an (Iranian?) clown that looks suspiciously like Ronald. That's not the only American fast-food knockoff in Iran. They have Pizza Hat, seen above, which not only serves pizzas but chicken wings and lasagna as well.

Read about more American food chain knockoffs of Iran in this article.

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