Mitch’s Downtown – Do bagels count as carbs? No!

We close the year with a final Mom & Pop series which is absolutely delicious. We sat down with Mitch’s Downtown, a new bagel and deli shop brought to you by father-son duo Mitch and Adam Shidlofsky. Mitch owned several stores during his 30 years in the bagel business, including Mitch’s Westside Bagels in Weston, which he has operated since 2002. During the pandemic, Adam quit his job in New York and returned home to southern Florida. Among all the strangers of the past year, Adam was focused on one thing: learning all he could about his father’s bagels and partnering with him on a new location. What can we expect from this new Fort Lauderdale store? Let’s find out.

Ruben in downtown Mitch

How will this boutique pay homage to a classic New York grocery store while honoring its new downtown environment?

This restaurant is the definition of combining the old school with the new school. We’ve got all of your classic New York favorites, including Carnegie Deli corned beef, pastrami, knishes, pickles, and black and white. In addition, we make all of our bagels, rye bread, cream cheese, tuna salad, egg salad, etc. on the spot. Mix it with your avocado toast, French toast stuffed with Nutella, huge green salads, coconut water, cold infusion, flavored iced coffee, etc. and you supply a wide variety of people who reside in the city center.

The So Flo in downtown Mitch

What makes Mitch’s downtown unique?

We have a family atmosphere and want you to feel welcome as soon as you walk through our doors. My dad and I combined two different generations into one concept to create something that has never been done before. We want there to be something on the menu for everyone with the WOW factor and we want them to enjoy it in a fun environment.

Mitch’s downtown matzo ball soup

How did the partnership with Carnegie Deli go?

I was approached by their local distributor. When I tasted their food, I was sold. Consistency and delivering the best possible product are our values. Having Carnegie gives us that with their products and gives brand recognition to our customers. We pride ourselves on great food and quality service and the fit has been there from day one.

The BECTA in downtown Mitch

Mitch, what does Adam now bring to the table as a partner?

Adam has a vision for the day and time today. He is smart, personable, motivated and a hard worker. I have relationships with our suppliers, some for over 25 years. Adam has injected a lot of things into our business: technology, social media, advertising, and a culture he creates for the world today. The food looks amazing, the atmosphere has a vibe… so as a guest you benefit from the ease of ordering with our technology and enjoy great food in a modern environment.

Mitch Town Center, 540 N Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale,

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