Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Boo, Hiss: Upper West Side's H&H Bagels Shutters

"This is like a death in the family," one customer told the NY Daily News. And it's true. The closing of the beloved, iconic H&H Bagels on the Upper West Side is akin to announcing that Zabar's is being replaced with Whole Foods Market.

The store on W. 80th Street and Broadway—which I frequented during my first year as a New Yorker—has been open in the location since 1972. It was among few staple businesses left in the neighborhood, now overrun by cell phone carriers and big box stores.

H&H eventually grew into the largest bagelmaker in the city, producing up to 80,000 fresh, delish, aroma-filled bagels a day for scores of stores all over the city. It filed for bankruptcy in February, blaming—what else—"poor economic conditions."

H&H's factory and headquarters on W. 46th St. remain open for business.

Even from Brooklyn, this one really bites.