Monday, July 1, 2024

[86'd] 101 Bagel Cafe Closes Dunwoody Location

101 Bagel Cafe has closed its location in Ashford Place (4780 Ashford Dunwoody Road) not far from Perimeter Mall.  The bagel shop occupied a roughly 1,800 square foot space in the center that recently welcomed Sushi Kingdom to a onetime Romano's Macaroni Grill space.  

The eatery reportedly closed "temporarily" as of June 30, but multiple sources close to the center and eatery indicate the closure is permanent.   

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 (April 2022), Dunwoody (December 2022) and Milton (March 2023).

101 Bagel Cafe proudly claimed to feature products with a "101% satisfaction guaranteed." 

The bagel shop closed their Akers Mill cafe this past July and their Duluth location this past February.  The Akers Mill location was advertised as permanently closed while the Duluth closure was supposedly only temporary despite it being closed now for 4+ months.  

It's unclear what led to the rash of closures, but a ToNeTo Atlanta tipster suggests that there may be financial and tax issues going on behind the scenes putting pressure on the business.  

The corporately owned East Cobb location and franchised Milton location both remain open, for now.  

Given that the Dunwoody location has closed before the completion of its lease, it may be some time before a replacement can or will be found.  While residents wait for the dust to settle, Desi District, a new Indian eatery, is confirmed and will be under construction soon in the former Chili's.  A lease for the former Memphis BBQ Co. is reportedly "close," according to a source familiar with the center's leasing efforts.

Are you surprised to see 101 Bagel Cafe close its Dunwoody location?  Who in metro Atlanta do you think makes the best bagel?  What would you like to see open in place of 101 Bagel Cafe in Dunwoody?   

Please share your thoughts below.  

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Went twice and they were out of most bagels… never got to actually eat one!

Anonymous said...

Not surprised
Bagles weren’t all that great - often mishandled and tasteless- expensive considering- shame it couldn’t be better but not surprised they closed-

Anonymous said...

I thought that the bagels tasted great. However, they would quickly run out of many flavors early in the day.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how long the Roswell location will last. It’s in a bad location and you never see any one there. I walk my dog past it everyday. Only tried it once the bagel wasn’t that great for the price.

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised it lasted this long.

Anonymous said...

I tried the Brooklyn Water Bagel location at Akers Mill when it first opened and didn't like it at all. The bagel had a pungent taste to me and not in a good way. I never went back or tried 101.

I never understood the temporarily closed thing - if you're closed, you're closed. Thank your past customers for their business and move along.

Anonymous said...

The Trump Virus closes down another business

Ham said...

I like Goldberg's for bagels.

Anonymous said...

Bagel shops try'n to charge $4 for muther Fn piece of dough... GTFOOH.

Anonymous said...

The one in East Cobb is okay at best. I've been 3 times in hopes it was better than before. Nope. Better bagels at better prices elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

This place was nasty and gross! Suprised it lasted this long!!

Anonymous said...

I prefer bagel licious, in East Cobb, but leave your plastic at home, they only take cash. Really everything on the menu is executed very well. My other go to would be Brooklyn bagel with locations in Johns Creek and Ansley Mall and coming soon to Brookhaven! It’s not that, they’re better than Bagelucious and not that bagelicious is better better than Brooklyn, . Each of them are just different from each other and have unique nuances. I like them both. I can’t wait for Brooklyn bagel in Brookhaven to open in the former Starbucks and ups store at the soon to be newly renovated Cambridge Square Soon to be anchored by Publix, yeah! Yeah! Fogettabout it !

Anonymous said...

101 bagel was never worth the price of admission. Really clueless. even the original Brooklyn water bagel was getting by solely on branding and hype, and the fact that Larry king Was an investor.

Anonymous said...

It should be free! Communism!

Anonymous said...

Nagel’s Bagels in Cartersville is the best overall bagel experience. Tons of different bagels, all taste amazing and service and ambience is awesome! My wife and I go to different bagel places around Georgia every weekend. For overall, Nagel’s was the best. Hoboken Bagels in Marietta are great tasting but are really take out only.

Anonymous said...

Chris Lang is going to be furious

Anonymous said...

Expensive and less than mediocre product.
Good riddance.

Anonymous said...

Tried them a few times, and it wasn't worth the time to go in. Locally Bagel Boyz is much better although they don't always have the best service. BB's Bronx Bagel in Alpharetta is probably one of the best places around.

Anonymous said...

We ditched all the lousy bagel places and just buy them at Costco now (in the bakery section). They don't have a huge variety but they do have seseme and everything which are my favorites anyway. I think they are $7.99 or so for two packs of six. We slice them in half and throw them in the freezer.

We used to buy from Goldbergs but their bagels are often too thick and doughy and not cooked enough for my liking.

Anonymous said...

BB's Bagels on McFarland is by far the best I've found. 101 Bagel was hit or miss depending on who was making the bagels. Good specials at lunch and for bagels on Tuesdays.

Anonymous said...

So is Jim Whitman

Anonymous said...

I love Dunkin' Donuts bagels.

Anonymous said...

I prefer Lender’s

Anonymous said...

I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a bagel today! - Wimpy

Anonymous said...

You’re comparing apples to oranges. Costco bagels are one step above Thomases packaged bagels. I’m not saying they’re not good, what I am saying is that the bagels made every single morning boiled every single morning at some of these bagel shops are a whole other category. You literally can’t compare the two.

Anonymous said...

2nd BBs. Best in the area and worth the drive.

Anonymous said...

@Anon 4:08pm. Agree - although the biggest difference is the price. And Costco bagels are several steps above Thomas. Thomas are basically thawed lenders.

Anonymous said...

Costco are bloated over done Einsteins.

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