Click HERE for photos taken at the grand opening for Kosher Heaven at 7-11. [Photos by Meir Rothman]
The following is an article from Newsday:
A Monsey convenience store franchise gave new meaning to its motto,“Oh thank heaven for 7-Eleven,” when it became the first in the nation to offer a kosher hot dog grill blessed by a local rabbi.
“The response has been overwhelming” Anthony Mendicino, who has operated the franchise with his brother Michael for 19 years, told Newsday on Monday.
The store is located in the heart of Monsey’s large Orthodox Jewish community. The brothers said their long-time Kosher customers were clamoring for hot foods that met the strict dietary laws observed by Orthodox sects of Judaism.
To appease their observant clientele, the brothers added a second grill that was officially blessed by Rabbi Zushe Blech of Monsey and is manned by Sam Indig, a trained chef who is an observant Orthodox Jew and long-time customer of the store.
Indig cooked up a “Kosher Heaven” menu featuring seven gourmet hot dogs and Polish sausages — including the Jerusalem, Garden of Eden, and Airmont dog — all served on buns from a local certified kosher bakery.
The grill and a special condiment bar with specialty toppings such as hummus and sauerkraut are separate from the store’s regular roller grill and are closed when Indig is off duty on Friday evenings and Saturdays to observe the Sabbath.