Ess-a-Bagel should open in February

By Sabina Mollot

This past week, a couple of residents of Stuyvesant Town told Town & Village they were concerned that Ess-a-Bagel, which recently inked a lease in the complex, wasn’t going to open or might be having some problems. This, they explained was due to the fact that no work appeared to be going on in the space, which is now marked by a “coming soon” banner in the window. This appeared to be in contrast with what an onsite worker told T&V two weeks ago, that the place could open “hopefully” by the end of January.

Meanwhile, according to one of the owners, Muriel Frost, things are proceeding at the new space, despite having to wait for some permits and other paperwork issues. The new location, she added, could be open by February 1. Or, she admitted, “it could be February 10.”

She’s been fielding plenty of questions on that subject at Ess-a-Bagel’s Third Avenue location, where some regulars of the old shop on First Avenue will sometimes travel for their bagels on weekends.

“Customers come up on Sundays and ask,” said Frost. “God willing everything will be okay.”

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3 thoughts on “Ess-a-Bagel should open in February

  1. It cannot happen soon enough. The neighborhood bagel places are pretty good, but not the same. I’m curious whether they’ll retain the ability for customers to watch the bagel making in progress as was the case at the cramped little First Ave shop. I love watching the bagels and figuring out my order based on what’s getting dumped in the bins with steam rising off of them.

  2. It’s a positive sign that the other one is still open. Shops with aborted openings are typically – but not always – the starting outpost of a hopeful business.

    Let’s hope management doesn’t give them any reasons to abandon their plans, either. That whole row of shops has had a lot of turnover.

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