Ed Schwartzman brings New York-style bagels to Bloomington with Gables Bagels
Ed Schwartzman, the owner of BuffaLouie’s in Bloomington, has just opened his second business, Gables Bagels. The new bagel store is located at 421 E. Third St.
What started as an idea to generate extra income during the pandemic, is now her own Bloomington store, selling authentic New York bagels.
Schwartzman was born and raised in New York City, his very first job being a bagel baker at a Queens store.
“Being Jewish and originally from New York, bagels are in my blood,” Schwartzman said. “It’s part of my culture and it’s part of who I am.”
When COVID-19 broke out, a trend in the restaurant industry was what was called shadow kitchens, where people who already had a commercial kitchen used it to prepare food that was different from what they were already doing. , in order to generate more revenue.
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This concept inspired Schwartzman to find out if it would be possible to sell New York bagels here in Bloomington, and it did.
This process involved a New York company baking 95% bagels and then shipping them to Schwartzman, who baked them.
“We didn’t make it easy for people to buy our bagels,” Schwartzman said. “You had to order them the day before and you had to order at least a dozen. It was very confusing, but people really responded. Thanks to the feedback I received from the community, I was able to convince my wife – because I need her blessing for everything I do – that there is merit in opening a shop. »
Gables Bagels were sold to BuffaLouie in early January 2021. Schwartzman signed a lease for a separate store about eight months ago, where he transformed a “vanilla box” travel agency into his new style bagel shop -yorkers which opened about three weeks ago.
They now offer 10 shmears, their own chicken, egg and tuna salads, sour pickles imported from New York and even gluten-free options.
Schwartzman is particularly proud of his own smoked whitefish. Schwartzman’s friend James Douglas, owner of Boneyard Barbeque, smokes salmon and pastrami for Gables Bagels. Schwartzman says they have now quadrupled their orders on these items.
“We do what I consider to be all legitimate east coast flavors,” Schwartzman said. “We’re also doing a phenomenal business in the breakfast sandwich business. Sausage, ham or egg with bacon and cheese on a bagel. We put a shmear on top to make it slimier, messier, and better.
In addition to an authentic New York menu, Schwartzman puts the same effort into the atmosphere of his store.
Gables Bagels already has a crowd of regulars, and Schwartzman remembers everyone who walks in.
“For me, the more you make your guests feel welcome, the better the experience,” Schwartzman said. “I don’t care how good your food is, if you don’t give your guests a positive, fun and upbeat experience, they won’t come back.
Gables Bagels has a delivery option, and Schwartzman said the bagels will come out hot from the oven. They have a route on which they regularly deliver large orders to several fraternities, the surgery center and the hospital.
Sophomore Griffin Wright is in the Fiji fraternity, a frequent delivery location for Gables Bagels.
“The pine nuts have a distinct bagel texture that’s hard to find outside of New York,” Wright said. “Most of the bagels I’ve eaten in Indiana are an imitation of a bagel, but the pine nuts taste authentic and have become a regular part of Saturdays in Bloomington.”
Second-year employee Aeriana Wiegand has seen Gables Bagels from its conception at BuffaLouie to the new store on Third Street. She works for Schwartzman in both places.
“Ed is the coolest boss I’ve ever had, and I’ve worked in many places for a lot of different people in the food industry,” Wiegand said. “He is constantly upbeat and energetic and really goes above and beyond for his people. I have never worked in an environment where the owners themselves facilitated this family oriented staff.
Gables Bagels now joins Bloomington Bagel Company as a popular bagel destination in Bloomington.
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