-Courtesy of Aversa PR & Events
Bagels and Co. is about to take over Philadelphia with a citywide expansion that will see six new bagel and coffee shops expand to six new locations. Glu Hospitality and co-owners Derek Gibbons and Tim Lu announce that the popular Northern Liberties-based bagel, coffee, lunch and deli shop will now open new locations in Fishtown, Brewerytown, Temple Campus, Rittenhouse, Midtown Village and Center City.
The first new location is now ready! Bagels and Co. Fishtown will grand open this Friday, November 18th, with a free bagel and cream cheese giveaway between 8:00am to 10:00am and no purchase necessary. On Saturday, November 19th the grand opening continues with free coffee from 9:00am to 11:00am.
On Small Business Saturday, on Saturday, November 26th, Bagels and Co. will offer a free $10 gift card when you purchase a $50 gift card, plus a free small hot/iced coffee when you show your receipt ($20 or more) from shopping in a local small business in Fishtown, Kensington or Northern Liberties.
“Fishtown and Northern Liberties are two of the hottest and fastest growing food neighborhoods in Philadelphia right now,” said Gibbons. “We loved the neighborhood, our neighbors and working with the Fishtown District and fellow businesses during the opening of Izakaya by Yanaga. The location came on the main strip along Girard Avenue and we couldn’t say no. We see a ton of foot traffic to Northern Liberties from this area and customers have requested time and time again for us to bring Bagels and Co. across Girard. We are thrilled to expand our footprint in Fishtown and hopefully we will have more news to come. Starting this fall, look for Glu Hospitality at Izakaya by Yanaga, Omakase by Yanaga and Bagels and Co.”
Just in time for the grand opening, Bagels and Co. will debut their first ever winter drink menu – including:
* Candy Cane Mocha – Peppermint and Mocha
* ChaiNog – Eggnog and Chai
* Christmas Morning Latte – White Mocha, Chai, Cinnamon Sprinkles
* Peppermint Bark Latte – Peppermint, White Mocha, Mocha
* Eggnog Latte – Eggnog and Espresso
* Apple Cider – Cinnamon, Apple Cinnamon, Cinnamon Sprinkles
* Peanut Butter White Mocha – Peanut butter and white mocha
Each location that opens will have an exclusive sandwich specialized and inspired for each neighborhood. For the Fishtown location, the Fishtown signature exclusive lunch sandwich will be the Frankford Ave – and it will feature jerk turkey, pepper jack cheese, bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato and chipotle aioli – served on a choice of bagel or bread. The exclusive Fishtown breakfast sandwich will feature choice of bagel, beyond sausage, just egg with choice of vegan cheese.
These join the Second Street lunch sandwich in Northern Liberties, which features chicken cutlet, lettuce, tomato, bacon, mozzarella, mayo and red wine vinegar, and the No Libs breakfast sandwich which features choice of bagel, with fried eggs, provolone, pickled onions, tomato and lemon aioli.
Currently, Bagels and Co. is operating all operations out of their Northern Liberties flagship location at the Piazza on Philadelphia’s restaurant row, at 1001 N. 2nd Street, nestled between their other restaurants Figo, Set No Libs and Anejo Philadelphia. This will change soon with the opening of other new locations – stay tuned on that.
Bagels and Co. was a pandemic pivot for the hospitality company that was known before 2020 as experts in the nightlife, entertainment, game day and bottle service space. They have now grown to become one of Philadelphia’s largest growing hospitality and restaurant groups, with Vesper Center City, Leda and the Swan, Bagels and Co., Figo Ristorante, Figo Pizzeria, Set NoLibs, Anejo Philadelphia, Izakaya by Yanaga, Omakase by Yanaga – with six additional restaurant and bar concepts to come in late 2022 and early 2023. They will also take another of their brands from ghost kitchen to brick and mortar later this year.
BAGELS AND CO. CONCEPT AND FOOD/DRINK INFORMATION
For all Bagels and Co. locations, look for over a dozen bagel options with some standards that remain on the menu, and seasonal specials as well. For cream cheese, Bagels and Co. boasts one of the city’s largest line-ups with 20-24 at the ready at nearly all times during regular hours. Bagels and Co. also offers vegan and gluten free offerings, non-dairy spreads, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, coffee drinks, baked goods, deli items, smoothies, yogurt parfaits, fresh juices, frozen non-alcoholic beverages, salads and other cafe items.
For the star of the show, Glu is serving from-scratch Brooklyn-style bagels – that are soaked in water to make them puffy and crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside. For cooking the bagels, Glu had special custom fabricated steam ovens made just for this first location for Bagels and Co.
On the menu, look for over a dozen bagels that include plain, everything, salt, garlic, onion, egg, sesame, poppy, rainbow, cinnamon raisin, french toast, pumpernickel, cheddar habanero, whole wheat, whole wheat everything – and other specials to be announced. Bagels are only $2.00 each for standard bagels, and $10 for a 1/2 dozen and $18 for a full dozen. Bagels with cream cheese selection are $4.00 each. Bagels and Co. has held the prices during the pandemic so prices remain the same as the first day the Northern Liberties shop opened.
For toppings, look for over two dozen (and counting) spread and cream cheese options – including vegan, non-dairy, gluten-free and more. The line-up includes a rotating variety from this list- with season flavors added in – and occasional weekly specials.
For coffee, Glu partners with D’Amico for special roasting blends that were designed exclusively for Bagels and Co. Coffee beverages include the standards with a tight menu of well-done drinks – including coffee, espresso, double espresso, cappuccino, latte, matcha, iced coffee, iced latte, iced matcha, red bull cool, Nitro cold brew and more. Coffee by the bag is also available for sale, as are Bagels and Co. merchandise, and grab-and-go market items, beverages and more.
Breakfast and lunch sandwiches are available and made-to-order upon customer request, plus look for a pre-set menu of signature sandwiches. Bagels and Co. proudly serves Boar’s Head Deli Meats. A sample of sandwiches includes The Classic for $9.00 with lox or whitefish, cream cheese, tomato, onion and capers. BEC for $8.00 includes bacon, egg, cheddar, salt, pepper and ketchup. PB Banana for $7.00 includes peanut butter, banana and bacon. On the lunch side, look for a Turkey, Ham or Roast Beer and Swiss Sloppy Joe, The Cuban, Grilled Cheese, Jerk Turkey, Italian, Caprese, Reuben, Chicken Salad, Tuna Salad, and Egg Salad. The 2nd Street for $10.00 features pastrami, muenster and deli mustard. All sandwiches can be made with any bagel on the menu. Look for neighborhood inspired sandwiches in each new Bagels and Co.
For vision, Gibbons said that Bagels and Co. was designed to have an extensive collection of Brooklyn-style bagels, dozens of cream cheese and spread options, a well-done tight collection of breakfast sandwiches, casual and walkable lunch options, and of course, amazing well-done coffee that will compete for best in the neighborhood from D’Amico Coffee Roasters roasted specifically for Bagels and Co. and Glu Hospitality.
All Bagels and Co. new locations will have indoor and/or outdoor seating, take-out, pick-up, breakfast service, lunch service, coffee service and a small grab-and-go section, plus online ordering on major delivery apps.