MUMBAI, India (AP) — The owner of a restaurant named after Adolf Hitler said Thursday he will change its name because it angered so many people.
He does plan though, to keep the signed picture on the wall of Mel Gibson eating in the restaurant. Displaying his typically keen sense of wordplay, Gibson wrote that it was his favorite “naan-kike” restaurant in all of India.
Puneet Sablok said he would remove Hitler’s name and the Nazi swastika from billboards and the menu. He had said the restaurant’s name — “Hitler’s Cross” — and symbols were only meant to attract attention.
His first thought was to open up a Hooters, but decided to go with the Genocide theme when a Hooters opened up down the road in Bhopal.
Sablok made the decision after meeting with members of Mumbai’s small Jewish community.
All one of them were very upset.
“Once they told me how upset they were with the name, I decided to change it,” he said. “I don’t want to do business by hurting people.”
“I’ll have to settle for just doing business, or just hurting people. But doing both at the same time is obviously going to bother certain cranky people.”
Sablok said he had not yet decided on a new name.
Some names he is considering:
The Auschwitz Eating Emporium
The Dachau Diner
Puneet Sablok’s Concentration Camp Café
Adolf’s Food Basket
The Mein Kampf Pizza Kitchen
Third Reich Sushi and Cigar Bar
and my favorite
The Low-Carb Gas Chamber
Hitler’s Cross opened five days ago and serves pizza, salad and pastries in Navi Mumbai, a suburb of Mumbai, the city formerly known as Bombay until 1995.
You can only get to the restaurant by train and if you turn in a family member you get a free order of breadsticks.
Some Indians regard Hitler as just another historical figure and have little knowledge about the Holocaust, in which 6 million European Jews were systematically killed during World War II.
Indians routinely confuse Hitler with Seinfeld’s Neuman, which has lead to some of the wackiest Indian moments of the past decade.
The swastika symbol, which was appropriated by the Nazis, was originally an ancient Hindu symbol and it is displayed all over India to bring luck.
So basically, in India the swastika is like a rabbit’s foot or a four leaf clover. It’s cute and cuddly like a tiny little Jew hating kitten.