72nd Street Bagel, which has been around for more than a decade at 130 72nd Street between Columbus and Broadway, is closing on Christmas, according to a manager and an employee at the store. The owner had told our tipster about the closure, and blamed a rent increase.
Manager Rahat Ali said the shop is closing because its lease is up and the landlord is not renewing it, because he is opening a new kosher restaurant himself in the space in February.
“Thanks for your concern everyone,” Ali said. “After 14 years, we’re very sorry, too, but we have no choice.”
There is some good news: Ali said all the employees have jobs lined up, beginning when 72nd Street Bagel closes on Christmas. And the owner is looking for a new location in the neighborhood. Still, it’s a sad day in Mudville. As Upper West Sider Adam Goldstein put it:
“Two staples of 72nd Street will no longer be around for our family, first City Pie and now 72nd Street Bagel…If Grey’s Papaya ever leaves, the world is definitely coming to an end.”
“I am so upset!” our tipster added. “I always get coffee and bagels for the office there and the guy who runs it and all the guys who work there are so nice. In fact the owner is the one who told me and he looked heartbroken.”
The shop, which made fresh bagels and had long lines on weekends, is a favorite of New York Times food reviewer (and now columnist) Frank Bruni.
Photo by Carol Tannenhauser.