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ALI PLAYS CHICKEN, LOOKS TO PUT NAME ON RESTAURANTS IN EGYPT

          Muhammad Ali is "aiming to go into the chicken business
     again," this time in Egypt, according to Gauch & Sanders in
     BUSINESS WEEK.  Ali wouldn't own the restaurants, as the
     deal "under negotiation" would involve Egypt's Behairy
     family licensing his name for a fee.  Ali's lawyer says that
     the two sides "are still far apart," but the Behairys are
     "confident a deal will be struck."  The family wants to open
     the first chicken restaurant, costing $1M, in Cairo, and
     from there "expand throughout the Mideast."  The atmosphere
     "will have a feel similar to Planet Hollywood, except with
     no liquor or pork served."  In '75, Ali attempted to start a
     chicken-and-burger chain, but "it fizzled for a lack of
     funds," and Muhammad Ali Rotisserie Chicken recently closed
     in MD after two years (BUSINESS WEEK, 3/10 issue).     
          
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