Ed’s Easy Diner, the American-style casual dining chain, is looking to enter the international market through a number of franchise agreements. The group, which is led by Andrew Guy and currently operates eight sites in the UK, is understood to have been approached by a number of overseas parties regarding launching internationally, with Hong Kong, Germany and Australia previously mooted as possible destinations. The company, which was acquired by Rankvale in 2009, is thought to have invested significant sums of money in the protection of its intellectual property in the Ed’s Easy Diner trademark and also in preparing all of the operational documentation to support its overseas franchisees. The chain, which opened its latest site in the UK, in the Selfridges in Birmingham, last month, also hopes to ramp up its domestic expansion plans with another six to eight openings planned for 2012.