Adyar Ananda Bhavan

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Adyar Ananda Bhavan
Company typePrivately held company
IndustryIndian restaurant, sweets, snacks, foods, beverages
GenreSouth Indian food, Vegetarian food
FounderK.S. Thirupathi Raja
Number of locations
Area served
India, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Kenya, United Kingdom, Canada, United States[1][2]
Key people
  • K T Venkatesan
  • K T Srinivasa Raja
ProductsIndian vegetarian foods and beverages
BrandsAAB, A2B

Adyar Ananda Bhavan (also known as AAB or A2B) is an Indian chain of vegetarian restaurants and confectioners founded in Rajapalayam and headquartered in Adyar, Chennai. It is the oldest chain of restaurants in Chennai[according to whom?] and has 145+ outlets across India.


An A2B Restaurant at Maraimalai Nagar, on the outskirts of Chennai

A2B was founded by late Thiru K.S. Thirupathi Raja, who was the founder of Guru Sweets in Rajapalayam, Srinivasa Sweets in Bangalore (Sriramapuram) and Sri Ananda Bhavan in Washermenpet, Chennai.[3][4][5][6] This was followed by the opening of a branch in Adyar which prompted the company to add Adyar to the name Ananda Bhavan which is now called Adyar Ananda Bhavan.[citation needed]

Adyar Ananda Bhavan now operates branches across India, most of which are in southern India.[4]

The restaurant chain is now managed and run by Thiru. K.T. Venkatesan and Thiru. K.T. Srinivasa Raja,[7] sons of founder late Thiru. K.S. Thirupathi Raja.


  • Started initially with Rajapalayam in 1960s and later expanded to Bengaluru (Malleswaram) in 1978 and Chennai (Royapuram) in 1980.[6]
  • Started with the brand name "Ananda Bhavan" and subsequently changed to "Adyar Ananda Bhavan".
  • Started in Chennai in 1979 as Sri Ananda Bhavan in Washermanpet by Thirupathi Raja and his elder son K T Venkatesan. In 1988, opened a second outlet in Chennai in Adyar. In 1992 expanded with a third outlet in Purasaiwakkam.
  • In 1994, the chain crossed 100 crore in turnover.
  • Currently more than 10,000 people are employed across its outlets with 800 crore in annual turnover.[6]
  • In 2000, it expanded to Pondicherry, and reached 20 branches in Chennai with total turnover of 150 crores.
  • It has branches and outlets in the United States (Herndon VA, San Jose, Dallas[8] and New Jersey),[6][9] Malaysia[10] and Singapore.
  • In 2018, Company launches food delivery app “A2B”.[11]


  • 2018 The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Southern Region Entrepreneurs Awards to managing director of Adyar Ananda Bhavan Sweets India Private Limited K.T. Srinivasa Raja.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Archived 3 October 2018 at the Wayback Machine[gallery]/0/
  2. ^ "Store Locator". AAB Sweets. Archived from the original on 28 February 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Restaurant Chain Director Keeps Three-Decade Legacy Alive". New Indian Express. 7 October 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2021.
  4. ^ a b "How a Family Weathered Life's Storms to Build a Rs 700 Crore Turnover Sweets Chain". theweekendleader. 5 January 2019. Retrieved 28 October 2021.
  5. ^ "Sweet success story". The Hindu. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d "Adar Ananda Bhavan: Food and folklore". 21 February 2019. Retrieved 28 October 2021.
  7. ^ "Restaurants see dip in business". The Hindu. 11 April 2021. Retrieved 28 October 2021.
  8. ^ "Adyar Ananda Bhavan first overseas branch to come up at the US". The new Indian Express. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 28 October 2021.
  9. ^ Waseem, Fatimah (4 December 2019). "New Indian Vegetarian Restaurant Opens in Herndon". restonnow. Retrieved 28 October 2021.
  10. ^ "India's Adyar Ananda Bhavan now in the heart of KL's Masjid India". 5 August 2018. Retrieved 28 October 2021.
  11. ^ "Adyar Ananda Bhavan launches delivery app". Business Line. 20 February 2018. Retrieved 28 October 2021.
  12. ^ "CII presents awards to entrepreneurs". The Hindu. 15 February 2019. Retrieved 28 October 2021.

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