First kosher shop since WWII opens in Prague
For the first time since the war, a shop with kosher food has opened in the Czech capital. Located in Prague’s Old Town, just metres away from the all the attractions of the Jewish town, the shop now offers groceries for the upcoming holiday of Passover. But the shop owners say much more is yet to come.
“People were asking, ‘ok, you produce food, so can you open a restaurant?’ So we opened a restaurant, where mainly foreign tourists come. Over time, more and more people were interested in kosher food and Jewish cooking. But to run a kosher restaurant is very expensive, so we decided to open this shop to offer kosher food to the general public.”
“We opened a small place for just two weeks, next to restaurant, and there was great interest, people were coming for matza, and we also heard of lot of stories when people came and remembered how kosher matza were made in Prague before the war. The Czech people can relate to this kind of food, and this is the reason why we chose this location. Many people come here to look for gourmet food; Bakeshop Praha is right next door, and the Gourmand. But we are also close the Jewish Quarter – the Spanish Synagogue is just a few metres from here.”
The shop should soon open its own bakery and also offer kishka, pastrami and other Jewish specialties. Michal Günsberger hopes that King Solomon’s Bakery and Deli will become a popular stop for Prague gourmets, and for everyone else.