Graveyard restaurant: Customers eat sitting next to graves in Ahmedabad’s New Lucky eatery (video)
The New Lucky Restaurant at Lal Darwaja, Ahmedabad, where the living eat among the dead, has once again caught the attention of the internet and is going viral.
A short video by History TV has been viewed over 460 thousand times in nine hours after its posting.
The novelty factor of the restaurant is that the customer tables are located in between 26 graves. So patrons get to enjoy the signature dish of the restaurant, bun muska, and sip chai, in the company of the dead.
According to travel writer and photographer Sanjay Austa, New Lucky Restaurant was started as a small tea stall outside a Muslim graveyard by K.H.Muhammad in 1950s. As it became more popular, he expanded it around the graves, which he preserved. Over the years, the restaurant changed hands to the new owner, Krishnan Kutty Nair.
Nair has been quoted in the media saying that the graves serve as a lucky charm, since customers throng to his establishment to have a unique experience. Out of the respect for the dead, he ensures that the graves are cleaned daily, covered with shiny cloths and decorated with flowers.
No one has a clear idea of whose graves these are, though some relate them with Sufi saints, and others, with relatives of a 19th century Nawab from the area.
World renowned artist M.F.Hussain was said to be a regular here and he so enjoyed the experience that he gave away one of his paintings as a token of his appreciation, which graces one of the walls of the restaurant to this day.
But many criticise the restaurant saying eating there shows a lack of respect for the dead.
New Lucky Restaurant was last covered by both the national and international media in 2013-14.