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 set to open in September in Fishtown with a free weekend of bagels for their new neighbors, with details to be announced.
Currently, Bagels and Co. operates 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. Bagels and Co. was a pandemic pivot for the hospitality company 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. was an idea born out of the pandemic when we had to close our nightlife and bar concepts and think about the future direction of hospitality," said Gibbons. "The shut-down had us step back and look at how we would pivot in the short term, but we also examined our business model beyond the pandemic. A daytime, stylish cafe for our favorite neighborhood was the perfect option to start. We love Northern Liberties and have invested over the years in making it one of the best places in Philly to eat, drink, live and work. Our Northern Liberties shop and flagship location is so busy we needed to expand to Fishtown - just a mile away - to serve our customers crossing Girard. With that expansion, we saw a demand in neighborhoods all over Philadelphia. We are now thrilled to announce Fishtown is about to open, and we will brand out to Center City, Midtown Village, Rittenhouse, Brewerytown, and Temple/ North Philadelphia."
Bagels and Co. is the first breakfast, coffee, deli, and lunch concept from Glu Hospitality, but it is also Glu's first-ever brick-and-mortar fast-casual concept. Bagels and Co. is currently located in the Piazza at 1001 N 2nd St., directly across the street from Set NoLibs and a few doors down from Anejo Philadelphia. Down the Northern Liberties Restaurant Row, Glu operates a fast-casual spot called Figo Pizzeria and a fine-dining full-service concept Figo Ristorante. In Fishtown, the new Bagels and Co. will be located just blocks down Frankford Avenue from Izakaya by Yanaga and the new Omakase by Yanaga.
List of locations and predicted opening dates:
- Fishtown - 1317 Frankford Ave - Early to mid-September
- Rittenhouse/Center City - 1526 Sansom St. (Old Goldie Space) - Late September/early October
- Brewerytown - 3000 Master Street - September/October 2022
- Rittenhouse/ Center City/ Uptown - 100 N 18th Street (old Zushi Space, right near Four Seasons and Comcast Building) - September/October 2022
- Midtown/Center City - 17 S 11th Street - November 2022
- Temple - 1431 Cecil B Moore Ave - January 2023
Are you excited about more bagels in Philadelphia? Let me know in the comments.
Marilyn Johnson is a freelance food and travel writer covering the food and drink scene of Philadelphia, South Jersey, the greater Mid-Atlantic area, and beyond. Email Marilyn at email@example.com with food and travel news.