South Bays Jerusalem Grill reopens but it’s no longer kosher

The Jerusalem Grill and Bar in Campbell ceased operations as a kosher restaurant just before Shabbat began on Nov. 20, then reopened two days later under new ownership.

“The name is now just Jerusalem Grill, and we’re keeping pretty much the same menu, about 95 percent the same,” said Hani Attalah, one of the two new owners.

Israeli native Erez Knobler owned the restaurant for four years and operated it under the supervision of Vaad Hakashrus of Northern California. In a Facebook posting and email last week, he thanked patrons and noted that the new owners “will serve both meat and dairy items.”

The restaurant will no longer be closed on Friday nights and Saturdays.

Attalah said he and his co-owner are both Arab Americans. The cuisine is Mediterranean and the restaurant’s Facebook page, which includes a new logo, notes that “Halal food will be served here, too.”

Opening-day business was brisk on Nov. 22, Attalah said. “We got a lot of customers from the old Jerusalem Grill, and they were very happy with the service and the food,” he said. “Some of them don’t care too much about kosher.”

The NorCal Vaad sent out an email last week saying it was “informing the local, national and international kosher community” that the eatery is no longer kosher, so as to avoid any confusion since it “is keeping the same name and menu.”

Andy Altman-Ohr

Andy Altman-Ohr was J.’s managing editor and Hardly Strictly Bagels columnist until he retired in 2016 to travel and live abroad. He and his wife have a home base in Mexico, where he continues his dalliance with Jewish journalism.