A new kosher restaurant in Rockville plans to open its doors to the public on Sunday, bringing an Israeli-style grill to the community.
Al Ha’esh is in the Randolph Hills Shopping Center, next to Moti’s Market, a kosher supermarket; both are owned by Gideon Sasson and Tracy Yitzhaky.
Al Ha’esh unofficially opened its doors — but just a crack — on Jan. 2. Until Friday, the restaurant is accepting reservations made through its website for dinner, but is welcoming walk-ins for lunch.
Sasson said plans call for not taking reservations starting Sunday, though this may not be a long-term policy.
Sasson said he opted for an initial soft opening, restricting the number of diners, to allow for training his staff and receiving feedback from customers.
In exchange, those customers are receiving a discount, Sasson said.
“So far, I am glad to say that our clients kept their part of the bargain, and we received both a lot of patience and feedback,” Sasson said.
The restaurant, serving meat, specializes in Israeli-style grilled foods.
Al Ha’esh’s kosher certification is under the supervision of the Rabbinical Council of Greater Washington. Al Ha’esh replaces Moti’s Grill. Sasson closed Moti’s Grill in July.