Davey’s Delicious Bagels brings a taste of innovation

After growing up in Columbia City and working at Ripple Bagel & Deli in Indianapolis, Davey Heritier realized he wanted to one day open his own steamed bagel sandwich shop; he just didn’t know where.

At the time, he was living in Atlanta, Georgia, and working in the entertainment industry, so he thought about doing it there. Then he moved to Los Angeles, California in 2019 and started putting together a team there. Heir

Then COVID-19 hit, and just as Heritier’s long-awaited plans gathered momentum, he was back at the drawing board. While running with his cousin in LA one day, Heritier told him about the situation, and his cousin, who works in real estate, gave him some advice.

“He said, ‘You’re from the Fort Wayne area, aren’t you? Why don’t you go back to Fort Wayne and open your shop there? »», Recalls Heritier. “He said Fort Wayne was on his radar as the place to invest right now.”

So in August, after months of researching Fort Wayne’s food industry, Heritier became one of many residents of the United States fleeing crowded shores during COVID-19 on a mission to save money. and to pursue his dreams in an affordable market with more opportunity.

“I could have stayed in LA and burnt my savings and waited for COVID to end, but I didn’t want to do that,” Heritier says. “I decided to come back to Fort Wayne because there is a good thing going on.”

The Fort Wayne real estate market is hot and increasingly hot during the pandemic.

But even in a booming market like Fort Wayne, opening a food business during COVID-19 is a gamble. The pandemic has forced local favorites like Bird + Cleaver, Caliente Cuban and Bravas to close their doors, and U.S. executives expect more restaurant closings underway. Between March and the end of May alone, the US restaurant industry lost $ 120 billion in sales, according to a study by the National Restaurant Association. It’s a crisis that prompts restaurant thought leaders to think about how the industry will reshape itself in the future, thinking beyond the four restaurant walls, said David Chang, chef and founder of Momofuku.

In Heritier’s desire to open a bagel store in Fort Wayne, he came up with a solution: reduce overhead costs and reduce the risk of infecting customers by operating a curbside delivery business from a commissary kitchen.

In November, at the age of 39, Heritier opened Davey’s Delicious Bagels & Deli in the CookSpring shared kitchen on the south side of Fort Wayne. CookSpring kitchen coordinator Troy Tiernon explains that Heritier is an innovator in more ways than one. As well as opening one of the region’s first steamed bagel sandwich shops, he’s also the first chef to use CookSpring as a Ghost / Cloud Kitchen, where customers can order online and pick up their meals online. a few minutes.

Simply place and pay for your order on Davey’s website, enter your phone number, and you’ll receive text instructions on how to pick up your food, along with notifications when it’s ready. Heritier also placed signs on the Summit campus where the CookSpring is located, so that customers can find it.

Davey’s Delicious Bagels has a range of unique bagel sandwiches and soups on its menu.

Heritier says he hopes to someday open a physical store in Fort Wayne where customers can relax and enjoy live music. In addition to his food business, he also writes and records music for films, television, and commercials under a publishing contract in Nashville, Tenn. But uncertainty and the risk of a pandemic have made it more possible to launch Davey’s Delicious Bagels in a kitchen share and stick to take out for now.

“It’s pandemic proof,” Heritier said.

So far, his concept seems to be working. In its first four days of operation, it exceeded its expected sales for the year.

“I already had to hire two people and I went from a steamboat to four boats in two weeks,” Heritier explains.

Davey’s Lox bagels consist of a fillet of salmon in brine.

He also learned about the power of Fort Wayne’s social media community, hungry for innovative local food concepts.

“Fort Wayne is a very active city online,” says Heritier. “Every time I check Facebook at the end of the day, so many people say kind, uplifting, and encouraging things about my business, and without it I don’t think it would be as successful as it is. has been.”

So if you go to Davey’s Delicious Bagels, what should you order?

Its menu features breakfast, lunch and brunch selections, ranging from its family recipe soup to its steamed bagel sandwiches dubbed iconic Fort Wayne names, like the ’07 (a bagel of everything. , an egg a la plancha, turkey bacon, avocado and American cheese) and Turkey from TinCap (a bagel of everything, vegetarian cream cheese, turkey, tomato, banana peppers and Swiss cheese).

Heritier recommends newcomers try one of his classic breakfast bagels with eggs, cheese, and your choice of meat: ham, sausage, or bacon. He also recommends his Big Delicious sandwich, a plain bagel, an egg a la plancha, a pork sausage, turkey bacon, ham and American cheese, topped with Davey’s Delicious sauce, which gives it a super tasty flavor with a hint of spice.

Pair any sandwich with one of his homemade soups, like his best mushroom soup, a vegetarian option made from green soup, or his tomato bisque, another vegetarian favorite, which pairs well with sandwiches from the breakfast.

Heritier recommends his classic bacon, egg and cheese bagel breakfast for starters.

While Heritier lives in Columbia City with his family during the pandemic, he hopes to move to Fort Wayne soon to continue expanding his business here, and to others, especially those in larger markets, considering moving to Fort Wayne for start a business, he has some tips.

“Do it,” said Heritier. “Everyone I have spoken and contacted in Fort Wayne has been very accommodating, and if they cannot help me themselves, then they introduce me to people who could. Maybe it is. a matter of like-minded people finding themselves, but even in a strange time like a pandemic it is possible to start a business. The resources and help from the community of Fort Wayne have been more than I would have ever had. could hope. “

Try Davey’s delicious bagels

Davey’s Delicious Bagels is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the CookSpring shared kitchen. Roadside delivery service only. Drive to the back of the parking lot at 1025 W. Rudisill Blvd. and follow the signs on the left side of the building. Orders can be placed online at www.daveysdeliciousbagels.com.

Follow Davey’s Delicious Bagels & Deli on Facebook and Instagram at @daveysdeliciousbagels.

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