A longstanding Jewish bakery has just been purchased by 2 Muslim men- who love the food and plan to keep it kosher. From MSNBC:
One of New York City’s oldest Jewish bakeries has been rescued from closure by an unlikely source: a pair of Muslim cab drivers who promise to keep it kosher.
Peerzada Shah and Zafaryab Ali recently took ownership of the Coney Island Bialys and Bagels, a landmark fixture anchored at 2350 Coney Island Avenue for 91 years.
The bakery was founded in 1920 but after the original owner retired, various circumstances combined to force his grandson to close the business. One of the Muslim buyers, Mr. Ali, had once worked at the bakery, and when he heard that it was closing, he in turn phoned Mr. Shah. Mr. Shah had attended a culinary arts school in Manhattan, and agreed to go in on the deal with Mr. Ali.
Ali said he and his partner vow to use the same recipes and shop's kosher-certified equipment. They'll also serve the shop's popular kosher menu.
(Keeping kosher, btw, is a complex undertaking. It's not just a matter of using the same recipes. These two have signed up for quite an assignment.)
"We all worked together for many, many years and the bakery owner is a very, very good man," Ali said. "We want to make this business as the same, a good business."
Now that's how our country is supposed to be, folks.
More like this, please!