Moonrise Bagels in Woodstock offers comfort food with its signature stuffed bagels – Daily Freeman

WOODSTOCK, NY – Jeremy Rhodes made a homemade pizza for New Year’s Eve 2021.

But the 30-year-old Woodstock resident made too much sauce and ended up with a batch of leftovers.

He also made a few bagels for brunch the next morning.

His fiancée, Ali Chetkof, asked what he planned to do with the extra sauce.

“Jeremy is a big fan of bagel bites and thought, ‘I wonder if I could fit a pizza inside a bagel,'” Chetkof said. trying other things like Buffalo Chicken and giving it to friends and family to try.”

Today, the two operate Moonrise Bagels, 68 Tinker St., Woodstock, which offers a stuffed bagel menu in a 500-square-foot store just blocks from the Woodstock Village Green.

Jeremy Rhodes and Ali Chetkof stand in front of Moonrise Bagels in Woodstock recently. (Paul Kirby/Daily Freeman)

“The name (Moonrise Bagels) symbolizes bagels that are meant to be eaten all day,” said Chetkof, 30. “Not just for breakfast. You can enjoy Moonrise Bagels stuffed bagels from sunrise to moonrise and anytime in between.

And Chetkof said there are several bagel deals to try, ranging from $7 to $9.

“We make stuffed bagels; New York-style bagels stuffed with comfort foods like bacon, eggs and cheese; eggplant parmesan; buffalo chicken; pizza and Ruben,” Chetkof said.

The two said the way the bagels are stuffed is a trade secret.

For the traditionalists, Moonrise Bagels also offers $1.50 unstuffed and classic spreads. The shop also houses a drinks fridge.

Moonrise Bagels officially opened on December 10.

Rhodes and Chetkof, who also lives in Woodstock, met in New York in 2015. The two got engaged in 2021.

Rhodes was a restaurant accountant at Danny Meyers’ first restaurant group, Union Square Hospitality Group, from 2014 to 2021, when he left to pursue Moonrise Bagels full-time.

Chetkof is currently a senior director at Jennifer Bett Communications, a bi-coastal media relations agency that represents fast-growing, venture capital-backed start-ups.

Prior to that, Chetkof held senior communications positions at Tanya Taylor, KCD and Edie Parker.

The two said they chose the Tinker Street spot because “it was too good to pass up”.

“We always thought we would return to the city once our offices reopened, but we love this community and decided to give it a shot,” Chetkof said.

Before opening Moonrise Bagels, the couple rested at the nearby Overlook Bakery.

“We took some to Rosie and Mike DeVito at Overlook Bakery to try and they wanted to place an order for themselves,” Chetkof said. “With its first official order, Moonrise Bagels released its first Instagram photo on May 12, 2021.”

“Overlook Bakery posted about bagels on their Instagram account and within hours we had over 150 followers and over 15 order requests,” Chetkof said. “There were also requests for Overlook Bakery to sell them, so they invited us to hold a pop-up there. There were people waiting for the bagels when we arrived, and we sold out the first batch within minutes.

The Tinker Street store, which is primarily a takeaway business, has window counters for four. Chetkof said the two have not ruled out expansion in the future.

“(We’re) a classic New York City bagel shop that’s warm, inviting, fun and energetic,” Chetkof said.

Moonrise Bagels hours of operation are Wednesday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for more information.

A sign for Moonrise Bagels
The Moonrise Bagels sign at Tinker Street (Paul Kirby/Daily Freeman)

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