Gunga Diner was a popular restaurant chain. It was founded by an Indian immigrant who left the country during the famine in the 1960s.
About the Diner
Rorschach told Moloch to put a note in the opposite trashcan if he had any information about who was behind The Comedian's murder. Somebody (presumably Adrian Veidt) later put such a note in the trashcan, luring Rorschach to Moloch's home to be arrested.
When Veidt's Alien Monster was teleported onto the top of the Institute for Extraspatial Studies, the diner (which was opposite) was completely destroyed, as was its balloon. After the rebuilding, the site of the Gunga Diner becomes the home of a new restaurant called Burgers 'N Borscht.
Burgers 'N Borscht demonstrated a move away from isolation and colonialism as represented by the Gunga Diner, and towards globalism and, in particular, smoother relations with the Soviet Union as borscht is a Ukrainian soup dish.
- Gunga Diner's logo is an elephant with a howdah, and it uses a giant balloon in the shape of such an elephant for advertisement.
- The name "Gunga Diner" is a literary reference to the 1890 poem "Gunga Din" by Rudyard Kipling. The poem is a rhyming narrative from the point of view of a British soldier, about a native water-bearer (a "bhisti") who saves the soldier's life but dies himself. This poem is perhaps best known for its often-quoted final line: "You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din". Like several Kipling poems, it celebrates the virtues of a non-European while revealing the racism of a colonial infantryman who views people such as the native water-bearer as being of a "lower order". The poem was published as one of the set of martial poems called the Barrack-Room Ballads.
- In a 1987 interview, Alan Moore explained, "It was Dave Gibbons' idea to have Indian restaurants instead of McDonald's, and that made sense because there's a different political situation in this world, there's going to be wars in different places. In our story, some sort of conflict in Asia has caused a massive famine in India, so there's been a massive amount of Indian and Asian refugees teeming into America, and consequently you've got Indian food catching on, and you've got this stream of Gunga Diners stretching across the country."