One of Philly’s best bagel shops, which in recent years grew from a single location off South Street to a mini-chain, is expanding again and consolidating its name to Philly Bagels. Look for the newest location at 1811 JFK Boulevard, Inquirer.com reports.
The original in the family-run chain is the long-running South Street Philly Bagels, known for its “hot bagels” sign on Third Street just south of South. That one opened back in 1996. In 2015, Chestnut Street Philly Bagels opened in Rittenhouse.
In the past few years, fifth-generation bagel maker Aaron Wagner expanded the brand further, opening shops in Grad Hospital (Fitzwater Street Philly Bagels) and on East Passyunk Avenue (Passyunk Avenue Philly Bagels).
Bagels at all the shops are New York-style, boiled in a kettle and then baked. Bagel sandwiches, from cream cheese and lox to a pastrami Reuben, are also on the menu.
The upcoming eatery on JFK is replacing a Square One Coffee, which closes at the end of the month. Inquirer.com reports that unlike the others, which are focused on takeout, this Philly Bagels will be a bigger cafe with a pickle bar.