Business Great food, bitter aftertaste: How Rajagopal ended up sullying his Saravana Bhavan legacy Updated : July 19, 2019 07:36 AM IST In death, the 72-year-old founder of the world-famous Saravana Bhavan chain of restaurants, will no doubt, be remembered for creating India’s answer to McDonald’s. Rajagopal opened the first Saravana Bhavan in Chennai (then, Madras) in the early 80s, while he was running a grocery store. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.