Bala Cynwyd Brothers Enriching Philadelphia’s Bagel Scene with Recently Opened Bart’s Bagels

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A tray of bagels at Bart’s Bagels on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Image via Tyger Williams, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Bala Cynwyd brothers Brett and Kyle Frankel are bringing the iconic chewy, crusty Brooklyn-style bagels to Philadelphia at their newly opened Bart’s Bagels shop, writes Alexandra Jones for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Founder and co-owner Brett Frankel started making bagels at home four years ago, before debuting them two years later in a brunch pop-up at former Jewish deli, the Rooster.

Soon after the debut, the brothers focused on finding a production space that they could one day turn into a shop.

In partnership with nonprofit community organization Peoples’ Emergency Center, they leased a bakery in Philadelphia. They secured government grants to pay for much of the build-out and larger equipment.

Today, customers can watch as their breakfast moves from boiling water to the oven through a window that opens into the bakery.

In addition to bagels, the shop also sells a variety of hard-to-find smoked fish, scratch-made schmears, and breakfast sandwiches.

“Food has always been a passion of mine,” said Frankel. “The whole experience — seeing bagels baked in the morning, seeing people in the back prepping — you’re a part of it, and you belong there.”

Read more about Bart’s Bagels at The Philadelphia Inquirer by clicking here.

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