TN coffee shop says ‘food has no religion’, shuts door on bigots


Zomato’s stand against religious bigotry had an echo in the Tamil Nadutown of Pudukottai with the owner of a coffee shop putting up a board saying food has no religion and his establishment was closed to bigots. 

M Arunmozhi, 47, owner of Ayngaran restaurant and coffee shop in Pudukottai, told TOI he was deeply moved by the strong stand food delivery app Zomato took when a customer asked it to change the Muslim deliveryman. 

As a gesture of solidarity he put up a signboard in front of his restaurant saying “food has no religion and Ayngaran is shut for bigots”. Arunmozhi says many of his customers were all praise for his gesture. 

Arunmozhi said he was also very disturbed by clashes among people of different religious group in Pudukottai in the last week. Thus he had decided to openly condemn the spread of hate by those who differentiated among people on the basis of religion.