Ess-a-Bagel finally reopens

Owners plan to offer outdoor seating

Co-owner Mike Wenzelberg at the new shop in Stuyvesant Town (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Co-owner Mike Wenzelberg at the new shop in Stuyvesant Town (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Carb fiends rejoice! Ess-a-Bagel’s new shop in Stuyvesant Town opened to a soft opening on Sunday, after multiple delays following an initially planned reopening date of February.

On Tuesday, following the Labor Day weekend, by noon, the line was already snaking around the back of the shop to 10 people and one of the owners, Mike Wenzelberg, reported business had so far been good.

Wenzelberg also sat down with a Town & Village reporter to discuss the reasons behind the delays, the controversial decision to install a toaster at the new shop and the company’s rabidly loyal fan base.

On Sunday, he recalled how a young woman outside, upon seeing Ess-a-Bagel was open, was “dancing and jumping.” Already, he’s seen quite a few regulars from the original location across First Avenue, which lost its lease nearly two years ago to Tal Bagels.

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Ess-a-Bagel reopening delayed until May

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Ess-a-Bagel at 324 First Avenue (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

 

By Sabina Mollot

Fans of Ess-a-Bagel will have to wait a little longer than they thought for their carb fix.

While earlier this year, the owners said they expected the new shop in Stuyvesant Town to open some time in February, that date has been moved back to May.

One of the owners, David Wilpon, said, “At first we thought it would be February, but there are always obstacles.”

While he declined to share what those were, he noted that construction has been underway at the 324 First Avenue space for the past couple of weeks and he’s been asked a lot about when the opening will be.

“All day when I’m there, they ask us.”

Meanwhile, the store’s sign went up last Monday. A permit for the sign’s installation was approved on March 1 by the city. “We’re plodding along,” Wilpon said.

One of Ess-A-Bagel’s owners hit by car in front of shop

Ess-a-Bagel as it looked on Monday (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Ess-a-Bagel as it looked last Monday (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

One of the members of the family that owns Ess-a-Bagel was taken to the hospital last Monday after he was hit by a car on the street outside the now closed bagel shop.

The accident occurred close to 11 a.m., according to the FDNY, and the victim, Michael Wenzelberg, was taken to Mt. Sinai Beth Israel.

According to another owner, David Wilpon, Wenzelberg, who’s in his early 50s and is Wilpon’s brother-in-law, suffered a broken rib and some bruising and sprains. “But,” he added, “It could have been worse” as there was no internal bleeding.

Wilpon didn’t see the accident, but said his wife did and there is video footage. He added that Wenzelberg had been in the crosswalk at the time. It wasn’t a hit-and-run and the driver was female, though Wilpon didn’t know anything about her beyond that.

This happened as Wilpon and others were clearing things out of the shop, which closed that day. Word of the accident soon spread on the ST-PCV Tenants Association Facebook page.

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