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Gunga Diner was a popular restaurant chain. It was founded by an Indian immigrant who left the country during a famine in the 1960s.

History

The Gunga Diner in New York City was formerly located at the corner of 40th and 7th, across the Utopia cinema and the offices of the Promethean. Inside, one wall is occupied by a large mirror.

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 later put such a note in the trashcan, luring Rorschach to Moloch's home to be arrested.

Dan Dreiberg and Laurie Juspeczyk met for lunch at the Gunga Diner after Laurie was evicted from the Rockefeller Military Research Center.

Gunga Diner in the 2009 film

When Adrian Veidt's Alien Monster was teleported inside the Institute for Extraspatial Studies, the diner (which was across the research center) was completely destroyed. After the rebuilding, the site of the Gunga Diner becomes the home of a new restaurant called Burgers 'N' Borscht.

Trivia

  • 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.
  • 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.

Behind the Scenes

  • 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."
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