Dine With The Dead at India’s New Lucky Restaurant
July 11, 2012 Leave a Comment
With reincarnation such an important part of religion in a land like India, what better a place to build a restaurant than in the middle of an old Muslim cemetery?
The bustling establishment at the New Lucky Restaurant in India is buzzing with activity as patrons come in for a refreshing cup of milk tea and some soft buttery rolls. Ironically, the restaurant is built on top of a graveyard, with not too much activity from those patrons.
Owner Krishan Kutti Nair thinks the location is good for business. He considers the graveyard “good luck” and says his business is better because of it. Space is at a premium in India, a country with three times the population of the United States. In India, it is common for graveyards to serve multiple purposes, including commercial and even residential says Nair.
The restaurant features green graves randomly scattered throughout the establishment making it a little tricky for customers and the waiting staff to navigate the floor. New Lucky’s waiters have apparently figured out how to shimmy between graves as they make their way through the restaurant with trays full of tea in their hands.The customers don’t seem to mind, the restaurant is a great convenient place to sip some tea after visiting their dead relatives.
Nair doesn’t know who the graves in his restaurant belong to, but local historians suspect they are the resting places of relatives of a 16th-century Sufi saint whose tomb lies nearby. Regardless of their inhabitants, one thing is for sure, Nair doesn’t plan on removing them anytime soon, despite people’s advice to make more room for customers. Every morning he wipes them with a damp cloth and decorates them with fresh flowers, as he considers them his good luck charms.