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This Hotel Franchisee Decided to Become a Restaurant Franchisor. Here's How It's Going.

Plus, Vinay Rama shares the most important attribute of a good franchise.

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Vinay Rama planned on a lifelong career in hotels — and that made sense, for a while. It began in childhood, with his family’s motel businesses in Tennessee and South Carolina. Rama spent his teen years at boarding school in India but returned to the U.S. for college, and stayed. In 2015, he began developing a Marriott and a Holiday Inn Express in Orlando, Fla. Eventually, he’d open three more Marriotts in the area, plus two in Miami.

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