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Jan 24
Monday

NATO Lokantası: The Lunchtime Alliance

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Turkish politics make for a great lunch-counter conversation. These days, one of the hot topics is a perceived axis shift, as if Ankara, feeling burned by the West, has turned the gaze of the Republic eastward, as easily as a dönerci reverses the rotation of his spit. But down in Karaköy, at NATO Lokantası, an esnaf lokantası named in honor of Turkey’s entry into the Western Bloc some six decades ago, the tenor of the debate is still decidedly Cold War-era. “One lady comes up to pay, says to me, ‘If I knew this place was called NATO, I wouldn’t have eaten here,’ and walks out. Clearly a Communist,” said manager Mevlüt Bey from his perch at the cash register.

But she must have been an exception. On one recent visit to NATO Lokantası, we were pleased to find the place in high spirits. Continue…

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1 response - Posted 01.20.11
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3 responses - Posted 01.17.11
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4 responses - Posted 01.14.11
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no responses - Posted 01.12.11
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8 responses - Posted 01.10.11
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11 responses - Posted 01.07.11
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1 response - Posted 01.03.11
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no responses - Posted 12.31.10
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1 response - Posted 12.25.10
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