Mumbai’s "Hitler" eatery angers Indian Jews

Some people lack common sense.

MUMBAI (Reuters) – A new restaurant in India’s financial hub, named after Adolf Hitler and promoted with posters showing the German leader and Nazi swastikas, has infuriated the country’s small Jewish community.

‘Hitler’s Cross’, which opened last week, serves up a wide range of continental fare and a big helping of controversy, thanks to a name the owners say they chose to stand out among hundreds of Mumbai eateries.

“We wanted to be different. This is one name that will stay in people’s minds,” owner Punit Shablok told Reuters.

“We are not promoting Hitler. But we want to tell people we are different in the way he was different.”

Paint me slow and stupid give me an example of how he was different, aside from the megalomaniac “I am a mass murderer intent on taking over the world” different.”

A huge portrait of a stern-looking Fuehrer greets visitors at the door. The cross in the restaurant’s name refers to the swastika that symbolised the Nazi regime.

“This place is not about wars or crimes, but where people come to relax and enjoy a meal,” said restaurant manager Fatima Kabani, adding that they were planning to turn the eatery’s name into a brand with more branches in Mumbai.

Sure. Next thing you know there will be a sign saying “Eating means Freedom.” What a naive fool.

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  1. Jack's Shack August 22, 2006 at 6:15 am


    I hope so, but I am not real optimistic.


    If an establishment like this becomes a success I will be even more troubled about it than I am now, that would be tragic.


    Maybe they are just attention whores, pathetic.



    Bill,Stacey and Chana,



    You might be right.

  2. Emanuel Ben-Zion August 21, 2006 at 11:41 pm

    err… Fatima Kabani…that name sounds like persian/iranian origin. No wonder.

  3. Chana August 21, 2006 at 11:29 pm

    Maybe someone will open a curry burgers & fries stand out front.

  4. Stacey August 21, 2006 at 9:08 pm

    I’m with Bill!

  5. Bill August 21, 2006 at 7:27 pm


    And obviously whatever reason they give is BS.

    Nothing however a can of kerosine and a match won’t fix.

  6. PsychoToddler August 21, 2006 at 5:35 pm

    That is beyond bizarre.

  7. tikkunger August 21, 2006 at 4:06 pm

    oops typo in my first comment.

    1)Well this guy is right about one thing and that his name sure does stand out.

    2) lots of other names would also stand out, maybe they just need some creative help. I am willing to do my part, so how about calling it ” come eat here, we will drug you then steal your kidney and sell it on the black market”.

    I think my suggestion screams name recognition!

  8. Elster August 21, 2006 at 3:51 pm

    Naive my ass. These people know exactly what they are doing. “Hitler” is synonimous with “Evil” v- no one can claim they don’t know that. If such an establishment becomes a success, it will be even more troubling.

  9. dorothy rothschild August 21, 2006 at 3:40 pm

    This is just disgusting. Maybe people will just not go eat there?

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