Fumio Grill and Sushi has announced that KOA Kosher will take over kosher supervision for the Livingston restaurant.
Rabbi Shlomo Isaacson, president and kashrut coordinator for the Passaic-based KOA, confirmed the agreement. The restaurant was scheduled to reopen in time for Father’s Day on Sunday, June 15.
Fumio has been closed since the end of business on May 30, when its supervision by the Vaad Harabonim of MetroWest ended.
“We are very pleased to have the KOA certify Fumio Grill and Sushi, and I know that the public is thrilled and anxious for us to open our doors,” wrote Abie Bilgoray, manager of the restaurant, in an e-mail to NJJN.
While the restaurant is under the KOA, Fumio’s two related catering businesses, Your Bite of Heaven and Feinschmecker, are not covered, according to Isaacson.
“We discussed that if there is catering done in another facility it would have to be kashered and have mashgichim,” on-site kosher supervisors, he said. “I don’t think that is viable at this moment,” said Isaacson.
The restaurant is making a few minor changes to meet the standards of KOA, said Bilgoray and Isaacson. Isaacson added that the locks on the refrigerators are being changed and only the mashgichim will have the keys, a common practice in kosher supervision.
Isaacson is the rabbi of the Bais Dovid minyan in Passaic. According to its website KOA supervises companies in at least 20 states, Puerto Rico, England, India, and Spain.