Joining an expanding list of kosher dining options in the northern Russian city of S. Petersburg, the new Golden Café was hailed by leaders upon its opening last week as making it that much easier for residents to observe Jewish dietary laws. Among them, Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Menachem Mendel Pewzner, the city’s chief rabbi, saw meaning in the fact that the restaurant’s May 18 grand opening happened a day before the holiday of Shavuot.

“It is symbolic that this kosher café, where all the food is prepared in accordance with the kosher dietary laws found in the Torah, opened on the eve of the holiday celebrating the giving of the Torah,” said Pewzner.

The city’s Jewish community, a member of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia, celebrated the opening of two kosher restaurants just last year. The Golden Café’s manager, Golda Tolochinskaya, said that her establishment offers another option: that of a more casual eatery.

“The wide variety of dishes offered on the menu includes favorites from Ashkenazi cuisine, as well as Israeli and Georgian cuisine,” she said. “We are confident that our café will be frequented by everybody, not only Jews.”