Kossar’s Bialys Dismantles Plywood Shed, Readies for Reopening

Posted on: December 30th, 2015 at 5:16 am by
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It’s been a fortuitous few months for Kossar’s Bialys. Ever since closing 367 Grand Street for renovations in September, the re-tooled relic has been receiving a makeover both inside and out. New stylized red signage points toward a more upscale image for the brand, which also boasts eventual plans of citywide expansion. More on that later.

Meanwhile, the folks at Kossar’s finally removed the plywood encasement from its Grand Street storefront yesterday afternoon. And there is already window leafing applied to the front glass.

Upon completion of the $500K renovation, the upgraded facility will include preparing bagels with a schmear for customers, adding a sandwich counter and grill, and most importantly, an overhaul of the electrical systems that run the joint. Design of the reimagined bakery is by the hand of Paul Bennett Architects.

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Kossar’s will reopen on Grand Street just in time for its eightieth birthday on the Lower East Side; early in the new year. We’re told that there are some “finalizations” that must transpire before any ribbon-cutting, though. Once operational, though, Kossar’s will be open from 6am to 8pm daily.

The store first opened on Clinton Street back in 1936, and moved to its currently location in 1960. Evan Giniger and David Zablocki are together the third set of proprietors to operate the bakery since its inception. Marc Halprin was aboard at first, but is no longer part of the team.

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Photo: James and Karla Murray

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