Sunday, August 13, 2023

[CLOSURE ALERT] Local Bagel Joint Jettisons Original Location

In a not so surprising move, 101 Bagel Cafe has closed its location in Akers Mill Square (2955 Cobb Parkway #240) near Cumberland Mall.  The bagel shop occupied a more than 3,300 square foot space, likely larger than it truly needed, and far larger than the franchised locations the locally owned company has opened in recent years.  The eatery reportedly closed as of July 30.  

ToNeTo Atlanta readers will recall that 101 Bagel Cafe originally opened in 2012 as a franchise of Florida-based The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co., a company that claimed to have the capability to create "Brooklyn-ized water."  

In 2018, owner Tony Yang ditched the franchise and launched "101 Bagel Cafe" in its place.  Yang along with business partner Rob Miller later opened another outpost in Duluth in early 2019 followed by more recent expansion into East Cobb, Dunwoody and Milton.  

ToNeTo Atlanta observed the Akers Mill Space marked as "available" several months ago hinting at the shop nearing the end of their lease without the intention to renew.  Their closure seems to confirm our earlier assessment but it's unclear if a replacement tenant has been found.  

Signage at the shop announces it has "moved," but in reality, the message directs would-be customers to the four other existing locations around metro Atlanta: Dunwoody, Milton, East Cobb and Duluth, none of which are "new" or all that close to the shuttered shop.  

Back at Akers Mill Square, Snooze an A.M. Eatery is opening August 16 in the former Corner Bakery with Whataburger opening in the former Joella's (Pollo Tropical), in an outparcel of the center.  ToNeTo Atlanta reported in June that the Akers Mill Bed Bath & Beyond location was one of several that retailer Burlington won at auction to open new stores.  KPOT Korean BBQ & Hot Pot is also opening in the center in a space previously occupied by chain Tex-Mex restaurant Chuy's.  

Across from Akers Mill, Original ChopShop opened its second Atlanta area location August 9 in the former Schlotzsky's in Cumberland Festival.  

Are you surprised to see 101 Bagel Cafe close in Akers Mill Square?  Who in Atlanta do you think makes the best bagel?  What would you like to see open in place of the former 101 Bagel Cafe at Akers Mill Square?

Please share your thoughts below.  


Anonymous said...

I visited that bagel place when it first opened as Brooklyn Bagels. The bagels had a funny, pungent taste that I didn't like. Never went back. Haven't really found a bagel place I like so I just buy the Costco bagels (from the bakery area), slice them and throw them in the freezer.

Anonymous said...

Not surprised. I've been to the Cumberland and East Cobb stores and they are NOTHING SPECIAL. Service was slow at both locations. The last time I went I decided that I was wasting my money so I stopped going.

Anonymous said...

I just get the Lenders bagels from the grocery store and freeze them. A quick 30 seconds in the microwave and they’re just like fresh baked!

Anonymous said...

I don't know why people are dumping on 101 Bagel Cafe. I'd place them top 5 Atlanta bagels, along with Goldbergs, Brooklyn Bagel, Bagel Hole and BB's Bagels. Too bad Creative Loafing isn't still around. We're desperately missing an alternative paper

Anonymous said...

My first apartment was located on Roswell Road near Windsor Parkway, which means I went to the original Goldberg’s bagel location regularly. I still think they’re the best! 😁

Anonymous said...

wondered how 101 Cumberland was able to continue paying the rent, then I went to the dunwoody store, absolutely no one there, zero customers, 2 employees and service was extremely slow. I walked out. I’m pretty sure they had no customers that day because all the bins of bagels and pastries seemed full, if you want authentic New York bagel and appetizing (and sides) go to bagellicious in East Cobb. Also kind of OK is Brooklyn bagel and they have a new location at forget the name of the shopping center that crosses with Piedmont in Monroe And the other one in Johns Creek. Bagel boys bagel s just a copy of Einstein‘s.

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