H&H Bagel-lovers, your prayers have been answered — sort of. A new bagel store known as H&H is set to open up at 526 Columbus Avenue between 85th and 86th street this winter.
But it’s not owned by the same people as the iconic H&H Bagels that closed its location on Broadway and 80th in 2011. This new store is a spinoff from the H&H Midtown Bagels East, a bagel shop at 2nd avenue and 80th street.
H&H Midtown was once connected to the West side store, but a new owner took over after the original company went bankrupt in 1980. Both stores were then named H&H, but the West side owner, Helmer Toro, eventually sued the East side store, forcing it to change its name. Thus, H&H Midtown Bagels East was born.
H&H Midtown (which oddly enough isn’t in midtown) gets four very respectable stars on Yelp, and wins plaudits for its fresh-made bagels and toppings. Unlike the West side H&H, this one puts the toppings on for you. It’s also open 24 hours a day.
We heard earlier this week that a bagel store was moving in, and commenters tipped us off that it would be H&H. The company has posted the new store on its homepage; we have a call in to the owner and hope to learn more about the expansion soon.
Image via yelp.