A mom and pop inside-out bagel shop has sold for $34 million.
Nick and Elyse Oleksak sold their company, Bantam Bagels, to T. Marzetti Co., a subsidiary of Lancaster Colony, five years after launching it from their Park Slope apartment.
The couple, who also received a “Shark Tank” investment from Lori Greiner in 2015, will continue to operate the business, which is a calzoni-style “inside-out” take on New York’s classic bagel schmear combos.
For now, Bantam Bagels will continue to operate its cozy 600-square- foot flagship space at 283 Bleecker Street., which includes a retail shop and back house bakery. Bantam Bagels are now also sold in more than 9,000 Starbucks, online, in grocery stores and on QVC. The offerings have also expanded to include Bantam Pancakes and Bantam Egg Bites — mini-bagels stuffed with scrambled egg and cheese.
“As our distribution grows, we are focused on keeping the authentic innovation that inspired us,” Nick Oleksak tells Side Dish. “We plan to use the bakery as an innovation center, focusing our growth on bringing amazing, new iconic items to market.”
A new Tribeca hotel launching this winter will add four new eateries to the neighborhood, Side Dish has learned.
The Walker Hotel, a 171-room hotel in a turn-of-the-century building at 396 Broadway, will feature a 3000-square-foot, 10-story rooftop lounge overlooking the city. The lounge, which has yet to be named, will feature artisanal cocktails and light bites.
The hotel — from Bridgeton Holdings CEO Atit Jariwala — will also boast a 55-seat, “American-style” restaurant on the ground floor serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a subterranean speakeasy, lounge-style space.
A 2000-square-foot Blue Bottle Coffee cafe will also open in the lobby.
Bridgeton Holdings is also operating 1221 at MFP, a 1,760-square-foot restaurant that opened this month inside the Roslyn Hotel, in Roslyn. 1221 at MFP is adjacent to My Father’s Place, a 2,700-square-foot, 90-seat supper club that relaunched in June, with executive chef Tomoyuki Kobayashi, who worked at Lespinasse, Alain Ducasse and Asiate at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel before all three spots closed. The Roslyn hotel and restaurant is owned by Sumeer Kakar and Sudhir Kakar. In the 1970s and 1980s, My Father’s Place hosted artists then known as “up-and-coming,” including Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley and U2.
We hear … that Bar Boulud’s Chef Dieter Samijn and Boulud Sud’s Chef Ulises Olmos are co-hosting a four-course, one-night-only harvest dinner on Tuesday October 30th, paired with wines to celebrate fall’s harvest of squash, game, root vegetables, and chestnuts. The restaurants share part of a kitchen and three private dining rooms. Dishes include Chef Daniel Boulud’s stuffed pumpkin “Grand Mere” — his grandmother’s family farm fall recipe: a French red pumpkin stuffed with gruyère, bacon, and sourdough bread and spices, then roasted to a custard-like consistency served tableside. Family-style dishes include braised beef short ribs, root vegetable gratin and slow- roasted salmon wrapped in cedar and fig leaves. Desserts include vanilla-poached pear. The chefs work with Stokes Farm in Old Tappan, NJ — a 17-acre farm that dates to 1873.
We hear … the Prisoner Wine Company’s Napa Valley Red Blend and Blindfold white wine, with dramatic Goya print labels, will make a spooky splash at any adult Halloween party. Blindfold 2016 sells for $32, with Chardonnay, Roussanne, Viognier, Chenin blanc, Muscat, and Vermentino varietals, while the Prisoner 2016, which sells for $47, incorporates Zinfandel with an unusual mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Charbono.
We hear … the Big Apple Circus launched on Sunday with ringmaster Stephanie Monseu, celebrity ringmaster Tinsley Mortimer — and craft cocktails by Pamela Wiznitzer and “natural and locally sourced” concessions by Chef Harris Mayer-Selinger.
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