Bloom's job case verdict

By Leon Symons, October 22, 2009

The last link with the family that established Bloom’s kosher restaurants has won an employment tribunal against Bloom’s current owner.

Jonathan Tapper had been manager at the restaurant in Golders Green and then at the branch in Edgware. He lost his job last year, prior to the Edgware restaurant closing in December.


Heather Mills: eat kosher with me

By Marcus Dysch and Cecily Woolf, July 23, 2009

It can’t be easy bouncing back from a high-profile divorce and a personality-pounding from the national press — but Heather Mills may just have found a happy, and haimishe, distraction from it all.

Sir Paul McCartney’s ex-wife this week said she had applied to the London Beth Din in an attempt to secure kosher certification for her range of vegan products.

She plans to serve the food, including fake meat, chicken and fish, at a vegan café she has opened in Hove, East Sussex.


Just tips? That is a Solly salary

By James Martin, May 14, 2009

Waiters at a leading London kosher restaurant just get tips and no salary, despite the fact that new legislation will soon require all staff to be paid a minimum wage.

Golders Green-based Solly’s restaurant refused to discuss claims that its waiters worked exclusively for tips, claiming that it was a “private matter for the company”.

Asked whether they thought it was ethical not to pay a basic wage before tips, a manager — who refused to give her name — did not want to comment.


Restaurant trade defies recession

By James Martin, March 5, 2009

Kosher diners are not being put off their food by the recession.

Twenty kosher licence inquiries have been received by kashrut authorities in London and Manchester over the past few months.

This week, Kedassia-supervised Golders Green Indian restaurant Mattancherry reopened under new management.

There have been two recent kosher additions in Manchester and new restaurants are set to open after Pesach in Hendon and Borehamwood.


Restaurant closure

August 22, 2008
Liverpool's Harold House Community Centre is to close its restaurant and bar for at least four weeks for refurbishment from next Thursday. An EGM was held yesterday to discuss the restaurant's future. Run by two in-house staff, the venue has been opening on Thursday and Sunday evenings. Harold House is due to move to the King David schools site as part of a £23 million development in 2010.


How De Niro helped take Nobu to Israel

By Anthea Gerrie, August 8, 2008
Update: Since this story was published, Nobu have changed their plans.

The global restaurant empire - and the first Nobu Hotel - will open in the Middle East's St Tropez in 2010. We talk to the businessmen making it happen

The restaurant chain Nobu launched a hospitality division to incorporate a luxury hotel and apartments in May. The first of them is to open at Israel's Herzliya marina.


Blooms wins bills dispute

By Leon Symons, July 25, 2008

Blooms kosher restaurant has been exonerated in a dispute over bills with Kelmans, the North London kosher butcher.

The case was heard by the London Beth Din in May. Now LBD registrar David Frei has written to Blooms that “allegations made against you... were proven to be unfounded”.

Blooms managing director Kitty Rudolf said: “I am very pleased this has been settled.”


Wagamama and wireless: students to get a kosher upgrade from UJS-Hillel

By Candice Krieger, July 18, 2008

UJS-Hillel is opening a landmark new student centre in London to meet the growing needs of Jewish students.

The centre — a 4,000 sq ft state-of-the-art premises on the corner of Euston Road and Upper Woburn Place — will replace the existing Hillel House site on Endsleigh Street, which has been sold to University College London for an undisclosed sum.

There are around 1,500 Jewish students in London. The new centre, scheduled to open in September, will aim to engage an increasing number of students in communal activities.


Young, Orthodox and down the pub

By Alex Barnes, June 20, 2008

A London pub may not be the first place you would expect young Orthodox singles to frequent, but what is claimed to be Europe’s first kosher pub has rapidly become a destination of choice for this particular demographic.

Sadly, it is not called The Chief Rabbi’s Head, but Fernando’s Chicken Grill and Bar in Hendon, North-West London, is doing a roaring trade since it opened a month ago in the premises of the former White Bear pub.


Developer in kosher revival

By Leon Symons, June 6, 2008

A property developer has undertaken a mission to bring kosher food back to South Manchester.

David Jebreel owns a non-kosher restaurant in the area that has closed down. Now he is seeking a tenant who will turn it into a kosher restaurant.

“There is a big Jewish community but there is nowhere for them to eat kosher. If people want to eat in a kosher restaurant, they have to travel up to 20 miles to north Manchester,” he said.