“Keep Calm and We Will Return” — Brooklyn Bagel postpones bakery reopening for another three months

May 31, 2017

HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN  — Back in February the owner of Brooklyn Bagel, which had been closed since May 2015 after the building was declared unsafe, would be back in business by Memorial Day.  That obviously proved overly optimistic because the bakery remains closed, with a sign reading “Keep Calm and We Will Return” hanging on the facade over a row of broken windows. Now, Brooklyn Bagel is saying it will take another three months before the Temple Street bakery will reopen.

The company said on Facebook that the repairs and construction began earlier this month after plans were finally approved by the city and county agencies.

A check with the city’s Building & Safety website shows that permits have been issued to convert a former pharmacy attached to the damaged building  into a take-out bakery and retail business with hours of operation from 7 am to 11 pm.

“We are hoping to be opened in about 3 months,” the bakery said in a Facebook post. “We can’t wait to get some bagels cooking in our retail store again.”

But when it reopens, the once spare bakery will have “a more cafe-like experience,” owner Vanik Elchibegian told Eater L.A. earlier this year. Don’t worry, this won’t become a new minimalist coffee haven for hip kids moving into the area; expect the same old school charm and feel as ever before. Elchibegian even says he’s kept original photos of the first owners and other trinkets from the place to add some charm, and has already purchased a few rotating deck ovens to bring back in once the city gives the all clear.”

While the Temple Street bakery has been closed,  wholesale production for Brooklyn Bagel Bakery has continued elsewhere.  Brooklyn Bagel, founded in 1953 by Seymour Friedman, moved to the  2200 block of Beverly in 1965, according to the company website.

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