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Looks like it will live to see the age of 92, at least.
Two Muslim-American businessmen have saved the Coney Island Bialys and Bagels (2359 Coney Island Avenue) - the nation’s oldest – by taking over the store’s lease and committing to continued production of the tasty baked goods.
“It’s the same bialys…We are using the same recipe, too,” said Peerzad Shah, who now runs the store with Zafaryab Ali, according to a Jewish Daily Forward article. “We want to keep the place on track.”
Shah and Ali have already placed new tiles on the floor and plan on renovating other parts of the store. They hope to build on former owner and baker Steven Ross’ 91-year-old kosher wholesale business that supplies New Jersey, Staten Island, and Brooklyn with bialys. Ross announced the business was going back on the chopping block back in August, saying demographic changes had put the biz on the fritz.
Now, hopefully, we’ll be able to stop by the old bialy shop and enjoy some good dough for another 91 years, at least..
It’s a sad, sad day. Coney Island Bialys and Bagels (2359 Coney Island Avenue) – Brooklyn’s oldest bialy biz – may shutter. Apparently, the economic downturn and changing demographics are to blame.
The Forward reports:
The oldest bialy store in Brooklyn, and perhaps all of New York City, will soon close its doors.
The long-lived Coney Island Bialys and Bagels, which has been in operation since 1920, is calling it quits. Proprietor and baker Steven Ross said his 91-year old company was a victim of the economic downturn and the changing demographics of his shop’s neighborhood.
“I’m heartbroken,” said Ross, 51. “It’s been four generations, including my son.”
Ross’s bialy bakery is located on Coney Island Avenue in an area once teeming with Jews. he has watched their number diminished in the area as Asian, Russian, and Middle Eastern residents have moved in. Traditional customers, such as husbands coming in Sundays to pick up bagels, cream cheese and juice for their families, have vanished.
It’s not official yet, so stop by soon and let them know you want them to stay in business!