Philly’s Kismet Bagels Begins Sandwich Making in Fishtown Social

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After a year of delivering their popular, no-frills bagels to city pop-ups, Kismet Bagels owners Jacob and Alexandra Cohen are dipping their toes into the Next Frontier: a weekend bagel sandwich shop in Fishtown Social, where Kismet fans can finally get their bagels opened and loaded with toppings.

Of course not unusual so the bagels were made to order, with all the toppings one could desire, but in Kismet’s case, the Cohens largely resisted going into making bagel sandwiches, instead trusting their customers to bring back bags of bagels and schmears to take home and do the work themselves. Now every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. starting July 25, Kismet fans can order three types of bagel sandwiches: whitefish salad on a black and white sesame bagel; an all-vegetable bagel with veggie schmear; and a jalapeño bagel topped with spicy cream cheese, pickled jalapenos and Parmesan crisps. There will also be loose bagels, schmears and toppings for sale, and Kismet pastry chef Erica Pais will be offering additional baked goods most Sundays. Other varieties of bagels are likely to come.

Jacob Cohen was reluctant to say whether this expansion of the sandwich shop indicates that the bagel business will soon be opening its own storefront – joining Korshak Bagels and Philly Style Bagels, two pop-ups that have opened permanent locations in recent years. – but it is possible to read between the lines. Keep an eye on this area for updates.

Alexandra and Jacob Cohen of Kismet Bagels
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In other news …

  • Speaking of baked goods and pop-ups, Machine Shop Boulangerie, the French-style pastry shop that has been operating with limited hours on weekends on the ground floor of the Bok building since last year, will be opening a point of sale. permanent sale in the space adjacent to Two Persons. Café in the Bok building this fall. “My vision is to have very classic French pastries executed really, really well,” said Emily Riddell, co-founder, pastry chef and business owner. Applicant. (According to Applicant, former co-owner Katie Lynch split from Machine Shop in March.) “Not anything crazy or out of the ordinary, just really solid classics.” The weekend pop-ups are complete until the permanent store is up and running, which Riddell hopes will be by the end of September.
  • Speaking of baked goods again, a snafu at a Bryn Mawr bakery made local headlines this week when an overworked baker accidentally printed an image that read “Coffee, corruption, donuts” on a cake for a customer celebrating his friend’s 25th birthday in the Philly Police Department. The store owner told 6ABC that this was an honest mistake that was not made on purpose.
  • The Dolphin – South Philly’s best dive bar meets nightclub – is fully open again, and this time it’s better than ever. The dive bar now has a full kitchen, with dollar tacos on the menu all summer long, and to sweeten the deal even further, the dance club inherited the well-known Boot & Saddle sound system. loved but closed from Broad Street. After a year of no-shows, Philly’s thriving DIY music scene may soon be reborn.


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