Brooklyn Bagel & Bialy, which shuttered in Spring 2019 after eight years in the East Village, has been revived and refreshed by some of its former owners into BAKED, a new cafe that recently reopened in the space. Owner-operator Scott Lutwak is a local entrepreneur who founded Restaurant.com and is the CEO of Fit Athletic Club.
Open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until sold out, the cafe is currently seating diners at a safe social distance on its two patios as well as accepting takeout orders, which can be placed online during business hours.
In addition to an assortment of boiled bagels and fresh-baked bialys served with flavored cream cheese ‘schmears’, the expanded menu includes kolaches, a bun-shaped Eastern European pastry, as well as a Turkish-style flatbread called pide, filled or topped with various combinations of cheese and egg. There’s also pot pies, build-your-own bowls and wraps, and specialty coffee and tea drinks.
Lutwak is working with Urban Strategies Group to grow the brand, and actively looking for more locations in San Diego.