HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN — Brooklyn Bagel has taken a big step toward reopening its Beverly Boulevard bakery but expect some changes when it gets back in business, according to Eater LA.
The bakery closed its bakery and store in Filipinotown in May 2015 after an exterior wall collapsed and the building was declared unsafe by city inspectors. While wholesale production for Brooklyn Bagel Bakery has continued elsewhere, the promise of reopening the Beverly location has long been in the wind.
Now, after negotiating with the building’s owner for more than a year, the bakery’s owner, Vanik Elchibegian, has taken control of the building, according to Eater LA.
Next, he just needs permission from the city as he seeks to rebuild. But when it reopens, the once spare bakery will have “a more cafe-like experience.” Said Eater: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.”
According to an ambitious timeline from Elchibegian, the Beverly location could reopen by Memorial Day weekend, LA Eater said.
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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