It’s rare for new restaurant owners to walk in the door one morning and take ownership of an existing eatery without having to change a thing.
But that’s what happened to sisters Angela Marano and Nicole Haney who took possession of Borough Bagels Café in Doylestown two months ago. They bought the restaurant from Dave Hendri, who opened it early last year after deciding the area had a need for another eatery that specializes in bagels and upscale coffee.
Together with their staff, the sisters make New York-style water bagels daily, freshly baked on site.
“It’s definitely a fun business,” said Marano, who enjoys being part of the Doylestown community and getting to know their customers.
When they took over the restaurant they retained the previous menu, which included various flavors of bagels and an assortment of fillings.
Those include veggie, scallion, lox, bacon cheddar, olive, and cheddar jalapeno cream cheeses and chicken, egg and tuna salads. Among the most popular sandwiches are the breakfast bagels served with an egg, cheese, and bacon or pork roll.
The sisters have added seasonal soups and wrap sandwiches to the menu, which they are in the process of revising. Having learned to bake at home with their mother and grandmother, they also are getting ready to make their own cookies and other dessert treats.
Borough Bagels is a popular destination for breakfast, and that means their customers want lots of coffee. Hendri proudly introduced La Colombe coffees to the Doylestown area, and while the sisters have continued to serve La Colombe, they recently added Ellis coffees. Both brands have their fans, they said, with Ellis’s “Jamaica Me Crazy” blend a growing favorite. Both companies are based in Philadelphia, making them regional businesses, which is important to the owners.
Bagels are baked at Borough Bagels as many as four times each day, depending on sales, which keeps them fresh. Always popular are their “flagels” (flat bagels), which sell out every day.
The sisters also create a featured “bagel of the month,” which explains why one bin recently was filled with pink and other “rainbow bagels” in various colors.
Borough Bagels is among the few bagel restaurants where you will find bottles of hot sauce on the tables – in this case a brand called Hank Sauce. The condiment is popular with customers who use it to jazz up their bagel sandwiches, then buy bottles to take home.
The sisters open each day at 6 a.m., but sometimes customers come knocking on the door before that, anxious to pick up some coffee and breakfast before heading to work. “We don’t mind,” they said. It’s all part of keeping their customers happy.
BOROUGH BAGELS CAFÉ
132 Veterans Lane, Doylestown
267- 454-7258, Facebook
6 a.m.-2 p.m. daily.
Pork roll with egg and cheese bagel, bacon, egg and cheese bagel; flagels (flat bagels).
La Colombe, Ellis.