Similar to this question, suppose there is a chain of restaurants that is mostly non-Kosher, but there happens to be one kosher franchise in the chain. The example I am thinking of is that there is one kosher Dunkin Donuts near where I live, and many non-kosher ones. Is there a problem of Maris Ayin for me to publicly carry around a Dunkin Donuts bag from the kosher store?

If the answer to that is that there is no problem, what about if I pick up a donut on the way to a business trip out of town where there is no kosher Dunkin Donuts? May I carry the bag around there?

  • Rabbi Heinemann shlit'a is of the opinion that there's no maris ayin issue if they're not especially known for non-kosher stuff. So if enough people go into a Dunkin Donuts just for the coffee (do they?), that should address the concern. No? It is an issue, though. Two Atlanta rabbis spent ten minutes in a Dunkin shop drinking coffee and talking with the manager about going kosher, and by the end of the day half the town was wondering if it was kosher.
    – Shalom
    May 2, 2013 at 18:00
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    – msh210
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  • I don't think DD is a problem, because you could have bought a coffee, or a bag of ground coffee, right? ...although I don't know if that can be generalized to all restaurants, though.
    – MTL
    Jan 21, 2015 at 1:40
  • Extending your question - My neighborhood has about 8 kosher pizza stores. (Don't ask me why they need that many.) Every store's pizza boxes come from a non-kosher pizza place and say like "Giorgino's Pizza Palace". The side of the boxes have check boxes for toppings that include "bacon", "pepperoni", "Sausage", "Clam sauce" , "scungilli" etc. (OK, I know there are soy versions of these except for scungilli and clam sauce.) Is it marit ayin to walk out with a pie from one of these places?
    – DanF
    Nov 15, 2018 at 19:24


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