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unkin' Donuts, once an
"Koshering is more than clean-
end-of-Passover hot spot for ing," he remarked.
people in need of a bread
Bob Patel agreed last week
fix, won't get kosher certi- that it would be a hardship to
fication anytime soon.
close down the shop for two days
After visiting the formerly to do the necessary cleaning. But
kosher Northwestern Highway he said he would have been will-
bakery a few times and talking to ing to comply with the Council's
its owners, the Council of Ortho- conditions.
dox Rabbis of Greater Detroit de-
"I offered to clean my equip-
cided to deny certification.
ment on the premises rather than
"It's not going to happen," said sending it out," he said. Also, "we
Rabbi Joseph Krupnik of the never bring donuts from the oth-
er store. We make everything
There were a few problems, not here."
the least of which was confusion
Mr. Patel produced from his of-
about ownership, he said. After fice desk certificates of kosher for
speaking with Bob Patel a num- his flavored and regular coffees
ber of times, Rabbi Krupnik and said for some reason, Rabbi
learned that Mr. Patel's brother Krupnik didn't accept them. Still,
Bidi Patel is the actual owner of he would be willing to take them
Dunkin' Donuts, while Bob Patel off the menu if it meant Council
holds the title of president.
certification and supervision.
"Last week, we sent one of our
Mr. Patel figures he's losing
supervisors to check on one last about $2,000 weekly in kosher
element, the brother was there, business.
and we found out we had not been
He said he won't apply for cer-
speaking to the right person the tification from Kof-K, a New Jer-
whole time," he said.
sey agency that was working with
And that raised another seri- him before he sought the Coun-
ous concern: Since Bidi Patel cil's certification. Early last
owns another Dunkin' Donuts month, Mr. Patel hung a banner
store in Clinton Township, the proclaiming his food was certified
brothers might be tempted to im- kosher and a purported certifi-
port donuts if the Southfield shop cate of Kof-K compliance. How- c-- \ /
ever, the certificate was actually
"The possibility of interchange the first page of a contract and
is too great," Rabbi Krupnik said. Kof-K hadn't yet completed cer-
He recalled the case of two tification.
Chicago chicken factories, one of
The Patels, natives of India,
them kosher, that were owned by opened Dunkin' Donuts in De-
the same person. A "great scan- cember and began seeking kosher
dal" ensued when non-kosher certification. The shop had been
chickens ended up in the kosher operated as a kosher facility by
factory and vice-versa.
its previous owner for some 10
"Watching from the sidelines, years.
we learned our lesson: There's an
As of late last week, Bob Patel
inherent danger in a company's was under the impression that
using both (kosher and non- the Council was willing to rethink
kosher) when there are inter- its position.
locking companies. It's not an
Rabbi Krupnik said it won't
impossible situation, but it's much happen. After informing Mr. Pa-
more worrisome, and it would ne- tel on March 22 of the Council's
cessitate much more supervision," decision, Mr. Patel called some-
the rabbi said.
body else at the Council asking if
Bidi Patel also told him that he the case was truly closed.
must sell flavored coffees per the
"But we found too large a gap
rules of the central office, even if between what was the situation
they aren't kosher, Rabbi Krup- and what is the situation," Rab-
bi Krupnik said. "My discussion
In a large store like Farmer with him was, We'l e sorry. It
Jack where kosher meats are sold won't work out.' There's been no
alongside non-kosher meats, there further discussion since then" He
is constant Council supervision, added that Mr. Patel may have
whereas the Dunkin' Donuts sincerely misunderstood his Eng-
would have been subject only to lish.
spot checks, the rabbi continued.
The Council, in the meantime,
The Patels' confusion over what has been besieged with phone
constitutes kosher sealed the calls from the public.
Council's determination. Rabbi
"People are disappointed,"
Krupnik said the brothers Rabbi Krupnik said. "We are
thought that simply washing more than looking to find some-
equipment in hot water would do one who's willing (to open a
kosher donut shop)." O