Kossar’s to Expand with New Chelsea Location
For the first time in its 85-year existence, Kossar’s is expanding operations.
The iconic Grand Street bagel shop – founded as a bialy bakery in 1936 – inked a fifteen-year lease last month at 312 11th Avenue in Chelsea. Its new satellite will occupy 1,200 square-feet on the ground floor of the development, also known as the Ohm. Asking rent was reportedly $120 per square-foot.
Kossar’s Chelsea is scheduled to open this fall, and will join wine purveyor Winebook and a New York-style deli at the property.
Expansion notwithstanding, Kossar’s is not what it once was. It’s now run by Alan Phillips, the guy behind the Friedman’s chain, which itself opened an outpost just next door at 357 Grand Street. The focus has since shifted from making bagels and bialys to the brand itself. The Kossar’s name – in red – became the most important product to sell.
Kossar’s first opened on Clinton Street as Mirsky and Kossar’s back in 1936, named for Isadore Mirsky and Morris Kossar. It moved to its current Grand Street perch in 1960.