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.”
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