Ed Schwartzman and his wife, Jaimie, are bringing New York bagels to Bloomington in their latest venture, Gables Bagels, a ghost kitchen that’s operating out of their other food establishment, BuffaLouie’s.
Schwartzman, who grew up in Bayside Queens, had been searching for the perfect bagel for the past two years and had to go back to New York City to find it.
“I’m a New Yorker. I’m Jewish. Who better?” he answered when asked why he’s now selling bagels by the dozen, with cream cheese.
While Schwartzman is just getting Gables Bagels started, he’s been overwhelmed with the number of people who have already reached out to him requesting bagels. Currently, the bagels are baked 6:30-9 a.m. in the ovens at BuffaLouie’s, before the restaurant opens.
All the bagels are made-to-order and at this point, people have to request at least a dozen bagels from Schwartzman via texting his phone. While most of the requests have been from individuals, Schwartzman plans to target businesses, offices, fraternities and sororities, hoping to provide dozens of bagels to larger groups.
“We want to be the bagel vendor of volume,” he said. “We don’t have bins of bagels for people to pick from.”
Schwartzman said the bagel sales are beginning a little earlier than he had planned after it was mentioned on social media. But it’s something he’s willing to share since he has fond memories from his youth of his father bringing home a bag of piping hot bagels, from Slims Bagels, with cream cheese for the family. It was a Sunday tradition in his house, with his father calling out that bagels were there when he returned home after playing tennis.
“I want to create those same memories here in town,” Schwartzman said, “I can hear the bag rustling and then they call out, ‘I got bagels.'”
For now, anyone who wants to start a bagel tradition of their own with Gables Bagels will have to order at least a dozen bagels and cream cheese, for $21.99. When the bagels are ordered, a time for the customer to pick them up will be determined. It has to be by 9:15 a.m., before BuffaLouie’s opens it doors, so there’s no impact on the other restaurant business. Delivery of the bagels is just now beginning and must be scheduled by texting Schwartzman.