Upstart bagelry Black Seed will be bringing their Montreal-style dough rings north to the East Village. Not only that, but they'll be taking over the recently shuttered De Robertis, ensuring the space won't be condemned to the bank/fro-yo/juicery fate.
The second location will boast a wood-fired oven like the original, coupled with more square footage to increase output. They'll not only be expanding their menu to include more sandwiches and baked goods, they'll also be adding a wholesale business to sell to local restaurants and retailers.
Besides bringing tasty bagels to the neighborhood, the Black Seed team will help preserve a little piece of history in the continually shifting East Village. Owners Noah Bernamoff and Matt Kliegman are "working with the De Robertis family to honor and preserve original design elements of the bakery including the ornately tiled floor, handcut tile walls, and pressed tin ceiling."
The new shop will open at 176 First Avenue sometime this spring.