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Mcdonald’s Goes Mckosher

THURSDAY, OCT. 12, 1995

Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce and, what’s this, no cheese?

McDonald’s opened its first kosher restaurant Wednesday, giving observant Jews the chance to savor what so long has been taboo.

“The only difference is we are not serving some of the menu items like cheeseburgers, ice cream and milkshakes,” said Omri Padan, owner of the franchise.

About 30 percent of Israelis eat only kosher food, in which meat is never mixed with dairy products.

In another bow to Jewish tradition, the restaurant, in the Jerusalem suburb of Mevasseret Zion, will be closed Saturday, the Jewish day of rest.

McDonald’s has several non-kosher restaurants in Israel, including one in Jerusalem whose opening in May prompted protests by observant Jews.

They argued that at least in their holy city, McDonald’s should observe Jewish religious law.

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