In recent years a new phenomenon has taken hold, of Shluchim operating Kosher restaurants as part of their Chabad House, catering to the needs of the local Jewish community and tourists.
Today, it is a common sight to have a Chabad House supplying Kosher food as part of their Shlichus, but what does the Rebbe say about it?
It was 1975, and Rabbi Yisroel Rubin, the creative Shliach to Albany, NY was looking for yet another way to bring the message of Judaism to the local Jews in his town, specifically for the students at the local university and the many Jewish politicians working in the State Capital. Among his many ideas he thought of opening up a Kosher Pizza shop which will provide Kosher food.
He wrote to the Rebbe, asking whether he should open up the restaurant, and if yes – how should it be done, and the Rebbe approved it with certain conditions:
1. There is no Hasogas Gvul.
2. It should be under the supervision of the Rav [i.e. Not the Shliach].
3. It should be run by someone else [i.e. Not the Shliach].
Do it, and you should be successful in everything. Azkir Al HaTziyun.
Thanks for all you have attached to this letter and the previous ones [Rabbi Rubin attached reports of his Shlichus].
Rabbi Rubin indeed opened up the restaurant, but it was managed by Mr. Steve Moskowitz and Mr. Jay Kellman, and not by the Shliach.