Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Essex Bagel Terminal in Johns Creek

Essex Bagels & Deli of Johns Creek has closed.

The boiled bagel eatery opened in early 2009 on Medlock Bridge Road, and offered New York-style bagels and other deli favorites.  The restaurant closed last week, and I'm told many of its employees have managed to find work at nearby BB's Bagels.  Essex bagels were larger than those from Einstein Brothers or Panera Bread, but similar in taste and size to that of BB's Bagels & Diner.  The similarity, I'm told, was due to the fact that BB's "helped out" Essex.  What "helped out" means is a bit of a mystery, but sources tell me that BB's basically wholesaled their bagels to Essex.

Gino's NY Pizza Bar will open in place of the shuttered bagel joint in the coming months.  I have not spent nearly as much time in Johns Creek as I have in other neighborhoods, but question whether any neighborhood in Atlanta needs another pizza joint. 

While BB's is apparently "seeking qualified franchisees," perhaps some ITP resident wants to simply purchase the bagels wholesale and make them more accessible to intown residents.

Do you / would you drive to the burbs of Johns Creek to satisfy your bagel cravings?  Who offers the best bagel in Atlanta?  Are you a Johns Creek resident pleased with the addition of Gino's NY Pizza Bar?

Please weigh in below and share your thoughts.

8 comments:

AJ said...

I'll admit, I'm a NY bagel snob. Best bagels without a doubt are Brooklyn Water Bagels in Akers Mill.

Anonymous said...

I agree. Brooklyn Water Bagels is a great addition to the Atlanta metro. Hope they're able to stay in business a long time.

Anonymous said...

Restaurants have a hard time making it in this shopping center mainly because they aren't very good. Essex was simply too expensive, even for Johns Creek residents. And, no, the area doesn't need another pizza joint, especially since a previous one in this shopping center failed. And judging from Gino's other locations' ratings, it won't last long.

Spark Plug said...

BBs created all of Essex's bagels recipe. Essex also used BBs' bagel hand roller.

SB said...

Is Gino's any good? There's one near me on Piedmont and Cheshire but they did such a horrible job putting no effort into the exterior that I can't bring myself to support it.

Amy said...

Johns Creek area can barely support all fo the food there is there now. And I have to agree Broolyn Water bagels are the best. BB's are actually way oversized for a tru northeast bagel and too doughy. Not that great and I am from teh northeast!

Anonymous said...

Gino's is open now and I must say its the best Pizza and bagel place in John's Creek.

I am a real snob when it comes to my Pizza and Bagels. This place reminds me of NY. The taste is there. I vote this is the best Pizza place here. Sure there are many but not many can pull off a slice of NY style pizza or the thick Chicago style. This plaec does and SOOOO happy it has opened.

Anonymous said...

And now BB's on State Bridge has closed as well. Best bagels in the Alpharetta/John's Creek market are now coming from Bagel Boys on Kimball Bridge.