The only good result from the hateful trashing of downtown Santa Fe’s India Palace restaurant has been the overwhelming reaction against it.
By late last week, well more than $100,000 had been raised through online campaigns to offset the extensive damage discovered on Monday. The fundraising efforts cropped up independent of India Palace’s owners and were started by folks saddened by the attack on a beloved local business.
Just about everything in the India Palace, from dishes and bottles of wine to the kitchen equipment, was ruined by someone who also spray-painted anti-Muslim slurs, “white power” and “Trump 2020” on the walls.
This would be awful if it happened at a local McDonald’s. But India Palace has always been a special place. The great and reasonably priced food is only part of its appeal. Handpainted murals and other elaborate decor all around its cozy spaces made dining at the India Palace like a brief visit to another world.