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New Yorker Bagels From East Coast to West Coast, Japan, China and Korea

■ BY BOB NICOLAIDES

THE NORM for any growing business is that young upstarts will begin in the other four boroughs, say, in Queens or Brooklyn, before they eventually grow in size and volume to warrant moving to Manhattan. This was not the case for president George Menegatos’ New Yorker Bagels Company, which had its humble beginnings in Manhattan only to transfer its facilities across the river to Astoria as it grew and experienced a tremendous expansion worldwide,.

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Let’s try to follow George back in 1980 as he and his Chian partner, the late Nicholas Evangelinos, opened what they then called the Bagel Buffet right where Sixth Avenue meets Eighth Street in the heart of the Village, that picturesque part of New York City. Neither one of them at the time fathomed that one day, that humble establishment that made bagels by hand would sell its products around the world.

Indeed, in those days, bagels were all hand-made, from the plain to the sesame to the “everything.” It took the partners two years before they went from selling only in-store to begin selling their products outside the shop, to a market that included delis, restaurants and, needless to say, diners of all sizes.

The venture of selling outside the shop went so well that in 1985 the partners were encouraged to begin looking for larger quarters. With Manhattan being so congested, Menegatos expanded his search for new headquarters to the outer boroughs. Soon he found suitable quarters in Astoria, right on 36th Avenue and 31st Street, and named the new site New Yorker Wholesale Bagels Inc.

With the expansion to their new Astoria quarters, Menegatos and Evangelinos experienced an unprecedented boon, with the demand for their bagels reaching unexpected heights, which caused them to consider once again moving into much larger quarters. It would be their third time of transferring the business within less than seven years.

With the scope of business now much more wide than any time before, and with Nicholas Evangelinos’s son Stefanos joining the company, the business was on the move again, this time to 34-20 12th Street in Long Island City. Here their position was solidified, modern equipment for the production of bagels and bialys was installed.

Born in Assos of Cephalonia, George Menegatos arrived in the U.S. in 1972 and worked first as a waiter at the Assembly Steakhouse between 1973 and 1975. In 1978, having left that restaurant, he bought a coffee shop to which he devoted himself until he got into the partnership with Nicholas Evangelinos to create what would become New Yorker Bagels, one of the largest producers of bagels.

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Wanting his son to benefit from the partnership and feeling that he was nearing retirement age, Nicholas Evangelinos turned over his part of the business to Stefanos as soon as the young man graduated from New York University. Much the same was taking place on the Menegatos side of the partnership. Joining the business was one of Menegatos’ sons, Steven. His other son, Spiro, had invested heavily in the restaurant business and is now operating with his partners the upscale, very successful establishment in Manhattan called Nerai on East 54th Street.

One must say that the operation at the 12th Street headquarters is one of great complexity, since it involves not only the making of their product but the logistics of distribution. It involves local, national, and international elements of expedition for the bagels and bialys. The logistics are incredible considering that many orders have to be distributed overseas on a daily or weekly basis.

Examine for instance the local level alone. Consider the tri-state area that New Yorker Bagels covers as having an enviable wholesale distribution that extends to supermarkets such as Citarella in the Hamptons and Manhattan and Whole Foods, Northeast operations. New Yorker Bagels provides institutions, hospitals, cafeterias, and businesses from here to California—including places like Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Colorado, Miami, Anchorage—and from there all the way to Japan and China.

Last month, the management had something special to celebrate—striking a new deal with a South Korean concern. This gives them another international spot to service, but all in all, to quote George Menegatos, “The best business in the Tristate area emanates from the small bodegas to the big diners.” “In Manhattan alone” continues George, “over 7,000 customers and 95% of all pushcarts sell New Yorker Bagels.”

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