The Wait for OTR’s Favorite Bagels is Over

Posted on October 4, 2018 by aatkinson

Grand Opening of The Bagelry’s First Brick-and-Mortar Shop Set for Tomorrow

 CINCINNATI (October 4, 2018) – For the first time ever, patrons will be able to find ‘the perfect bagel’ at a permanent spot in Over-the-Rhine (OTR). Located at 1401 Walnut, The Bagelry will celebrate the official grand opening of its first brick-and-mortar space tomorrow at 7 AM.

From plain to ‘everything’ and pumpernickel to pumpkin, The Bagelry is making dreams come true, one bagel at a time. A family-owned business operated by Richard Huff, his brother, Kyle Jones, and his sister-in-law, Colleen Hert, the bagel shop has been long awaited and highly anticipated for some time. The first of its kind in the area, residents and business people alike have excitedly waited for the shop to open – and now, the wait is over. Patrons can come for breakfast and lunch to enjoy sandwiches, coffee, and of course, bagels and cream cheese.

Huff, Jones and Hert have shared the excitement of the community, eager for their bagel shop to officially open its doors. Leaving behind former careers to pursue their collective dream of owning a bagel shop, this experience is nothing short of a dream come true. They have already fallen in love with the simplicity of their bright new space and its warm, inviting feel, right in the heart of OTR.

“I’m particularly excited to be planting our roots in OTR because it’s where I live,” Owner-Operator Richard Huff said. “When it comes to cooking, I’ve always thought of it as a way to show my affection, so this is the perfect opportunity to show OTR how much I love this city!”

Huff and his wife, Erin Davren, relocated to OTR in 2013 – and immediately felt the absence of a place like The Bagelry within the community. For years before their move to OTR, the pair spent a good amount of time together at a small Louisville bagel shop talking, laughing and growing together over bagels. They had developed an emotional attachment to bagels, so Huff began making his own. Before long, he’d mastered the art of bagel-making and began sharing them with friends and family, who in turn encouraged him to start a business of his own. By 2017, Huff and his team were selling the bagels at local markets, pop-up shops, and events like the City Flea – and they were an overwhelming hit.

Those who’ve had the privilege of experiencing The Bagelry’s delicious baked goods at various local events appreciate the effort they’ve made to create the ‘perfect’ bagel – one with a crispy exterior, tender crumb and delightful aroma. The team spent years refining their recipe and claim that what makes their bagels exceptional comes down to one special ingredient: time.

“Not only do we take the time to select the proper ingredients, we give our bagels extra time to develop flavors with an overnight rise,” Huff said. “And, we take the time to use the traditional methods of hand rolling and kettle boiling.”

The Bagelry, which is leasing its 1,205-square-foot space from Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC), will be open seven days a week from 7 AM until 2 PM, perfect for those hoping to snag a quick breakfast on their morning commute or an easy lunch during the day. As for the type of bagels to expect, the shop has some flavors almost always, like the ‘everything’ bagel, the plain bagel and the asiago cheese bagel. However, they have seasonal and other special flavors throughout the year as well.

“Monday marked the first day of Fall, so I’d recommend trying the pumpkin spice bagel – with vanilla cream cheese,” said Huff. “The two go great together, and the flavor will definitely get you in the Fall spirit. If pumpkin spice isn’t your thing, we’ve got a variety of other options to choose from. There is truly something for every taste.”

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