||FYI Rabbi Lankry started this hashgocha at no charge to the store they only pay for the mashgiach temidi he did this so that people can eat kosher
Author: always hungry
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Date: 1/9/2005 7:54:22 PM
Subject: A New Restaurant
Message: A new restaurant opened up locally in a really convenient location and the food looks really good.
The restaurant has been operating as a non kosher restaurant for many years. It is owned by 3 Jews and 2 Gentiles. The non kosher restaurant is still open seven days a week. But.....
A partition has been set up and a portion of the large kitchen is sealed off to make two separate cooking facilities. Both spaces share the same ownership but are like two completely different restaurants because of the physical separations. There are two separate menus, two distinct sets of utensils and plates in different colors to avoid confusion. (This is from their own promotional article).
The "kosher" operation is closed on Shabbat and there is a Mashgiah Temidi who has the sole possession of the keys to the "kosher" restaurants kitchen.
I remember once learning that a Jew cannot own a non kosher restaurant and that if he does, then a "kosher" restaurant he owns cannot be considered kosher. (I was taught because of the temptation to use much cheaper taref meat). Was this correct?
If I had learned that correctly, does the fact that there is a Mashgiach Temidi change things and make this restaurant kosher?
Reply: It will depend on various things, especially on the reliability of that Mashgiach (Rabbinic Supervisor). I can't answer this without knowing the people.
I really do not know the Rabbi who supervises the restaurant. He is Rabbi Lankry of Beit Edmund Safra in Miami and he gives supervision to a couple of other restaurants in the area. The Mashgiah is a Rabbi Bouskila who I also do not know other than by name and sight.
Reply: Rabbi Lankry can be relied on completely. If he says it is Kosher, eat there.