Filling the bagel niche

PLATTSBURGH - Of all the restaurants and coffee shops in Plattsburgh, one thing Tony Galloro has noticed is missing is a bagel shop.

Galloro, who has been in the restaurant business since the age of 16, knew he wanted to open a new kind of shop.

"There are a few places that sell bagels and they do a good job of it," he said. "But, there's no place where you can get a fresh-baked bagel."

By the end of June, Baxter's Bagels - named for Baxter, the family dog - will be open for business.

"There's going to be probably seven different flavors [of bagels] every day," Galloro said. "Plain, onion, garlic, sesame, cinnamon-raison - the usual flavors."

Galloro added there will be a "Bagel of the Day" as well as other interesting flavors he's hoping to create.

The shop will also offer breakfast sandwiches, muffins, danish, coffee, juice and soda. Deli-style lunch and make-your-own salads will also be on the menu.

Although Galloro admits he's never baked bagels before, he considers himself "fearless."

"I've done lots of other things in the restaurant business that I never thought I'd do," he said. "From Mexican food to running a sports grill."

Galloro knows one of the ways he plans to run the business is by always listening to the customer.

"My feeling in the restaurant business always is 'The answer is 'Yes.' What is the question?'" he said. "I think that's served me well over the years."

"There's a lot of people who come here, especially students who come here from Long Island and the city area who like bagels," Galloro added. "They're used to having ... a place to go to have a bagel and a cup of coffee. So, I think it's a niche we can fill."

Baxter's Bagels, located at 22 Brinkerhoff St., will be open Mondays through Fridays, 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m., and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The shop can be reached at 562-0283.

"I think people will be happy with what they see and hopefully they'll be happy with what they eat," said Galloro.

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