Ali Özcan, the general manager of Dönerci Ali Usta restaurants chain was detained over his alleged links to the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt.

Özcan’s arrest was widely mocked on social media as it increased the number of owners of restaurant chains behind bars.

Previously, three businessmen including one of the owners of the popular Ovalı restaurant chain in İstanbul, Ahmet Tuzlu, were arrested in İstanbul as part of an investigation into the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON), which is affiliated with the Gülen movement.

Moreover, Serdar Seyidoğlu, the general manager of Seyidoğlu Baklava chain was detained on Oct 1, over his alleged links to the movement.