Celebrating 80 Years, the Rebranded Kossar’s Bialys to Reopen in 2 Weeks
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Kossar’s Bialys is just shy of two weeks from reopening at 367 Grand Street. Just in time for its eightieth anniversary. But when it debuts – again – it’ll do so as a more upscaled version with a slightly modified name.
Kossar’s Bagels and Bialys.
A post on the brand’s social media indicates the timeline to ribbon-cutting as sometime during the second week of February. Upon completion of the $500K renovation (designed by Paul Bennett Architects), the upgraded facility will include bagel prep, sandwich counter and grill, and most importantly, an overhaul of the electrical systems that run the joint. Hours are 6am to 8pm daily. (Those shabbos hours were ditched two years ago.)
Some longtime customers are nervous about what this makeover might mean. Will the new bakery fetch higher prices for the standard bagel-and-schmear?
Kossar’s 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, though.