When one discusses or contemplates fine dining, a certain name comes up with rather disturbing frequency. And that name, apparently, is Hitler. Well that’s what these complete idiots in Mumbai, India seem to think. Set in the heart of Mumbai’s bustling financial district, Hitler’s Cross serves a wide selection of continental fare.
According to Reuters:
“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.”
Different? I’d say. Perhaps Shablok was inspired by the way Hitler’s Panzer divisions consumed Europe, hoping customers do the same with the food served at the restaurant. Or maybe Shablok was impressed with Hitler’s innovative use of ovens? Or perhaps not caring how this would offend the Jews of Mumbai, Shablok simply wanted the publicity that would be caused by the
Fuhrer uh… I mean furor.
“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.
Perhaps they ought to expand into Tehran or Baghdad? I’m sure they’d do boffo business there.
The article describes an establishment decorated in red, white and black and festooned with giant posters of a stern looking Hitler. There’s even a hookah bar! I’ll assume the place is pretty clean even though there was no mention of soap in the bathrooms. I have to wonder if, as part of their ongoing publicity campaign, will the owners of Hitler’s Cross hold a special evening exhibition featuring the winners of Iran’s There was never a Holocaust, but if there was, the Jews learnt their lesson well cartoon contest.
This is officially the stupidest thing I’ve heard this year. And I’ve heard of some pretty stupid things. Good luck with your stupid restaurant Punit. And Fatima? I hear Hizballah might be looking for a new spokesperson, you in?