Cult Pizza decor images feature notorious leaders

April 9, 2013 • Business

Ryan Cappalletti poses for a portrait inside his new restaurant Cult Pizza, Saturday, March 30, 2013 in Grand Rapids Mich. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Sally Finneran)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A West Michigan pizza shop is drawing attention for [auth] images of notorious leaders on its walls. reports ( ) that the decor of Cult Pizza in Grand Rapids includes portraits of Branch Davidian leader David Koresh and Aum Shinrikyo cult guru Shoko Asahara. There’s also a photo of people who died during the 1978 mass murder and suicide at Jonestown, Guyana.

The restaurant is the work of Ryan Cappelletti.

He tells The Associated Press that he encountered a similar controversy two years ago when another restaurant he operates next door displayed artwork depicting Mao Zedong, Che Guevara and Ronald Reagan.

He says he wants western Michigan to be open to a full range of artistic expression and not to lose its cool when faced with challenging images.

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