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Friday, August 07, 2009

The world's largest kosher restaurant chain? Subway! (UPDATE: No.)

From JTA:
What’s the largest kosher restaurant chain?

Mendy’s? Six branches, seven if you count the meat and dairy counters at New York City's Grand Central Station.

Dougie’s? Five branches in New York and New Jersey.

Don’t even bring up Nathan’s Famous -- it stopped making kosher hot dogs altogether.

The dark-horse winner is Subway, the made-to-order sandwich giant poised to open its ninth kosher franchise Aug. 18 inside the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach, Fla. New Subways opening in Indianapolis and Skokie, Ill., will make it 11 by the end of the year. Five more are planned for next year.

Subway is not the only fast-food chain with kosher branches. Dunkin’ Donuts, the world's largest coffee and baked goods chain, has 33 kosher franchises, mostly in New York, according to company spokesman Andrew Mastrangelo. They serve dairy breakfast sandwiches, but not full meals.

I ate once at the downtown Manhattan Subway before it closed, and I loved it. And last week I had the opportunity to eat a kosher "cheese"steak at the Baltimore kosher Subway shop, also quite good.

UPDATE: James points out that Burgers Bar has 27 locations in Israel and Ben adds an additional one in Brooklyn. Sorry, Subway, but you are still the biggest one in America.