Prison-themed restaurant in Egypt draws in curious diners

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Posted: Nov 28, 2017 1:24 AM
Prison-themed restaurant in Egypt draws in curious diners

MANSOURA, Egypt (AP) — A prison-themed restaurant in Egypt might seem distasteful.

After all, Egypt is a country where thousands of people, mostly Islamists but also secular pro-democracy activists, are languishing in jail on what right groups say are trumped-up charges.

Yet, the restaurant in the coastal city of Mansoura called "Food Crime" is doing good business because of its novelty, according to patrons. Props like handcuffs, inmate number plaques, a prisoners' cage and even an electric chair are served up as welcome selfie-fodder.

Naeem is irked by anyone who tries to link the restaurant's theme to the large-scale crackdown on dissent since the military ousted an Islamist president in 2013.