Kossar’s is Expanding to the Upper East Side
Kossar’s is on another expansion tear, announcing a new outpost way outside its downtown environs. It’s headed to the Upper East Side with a third eatery.
The iconic Grand Street bagel shop – founded as a bialy bakery in 1936 – recently planted a flag at the southwest corner of East 75th Street and York Avenue. Expected opening date is later this spring – either April or May.
This is the second expansion for the bagel shop in less than a year. The previously announced Chelsea location is still not operational.
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 (albeit on life support). The focus seems more about the brand itself than making bagels and bialys. The Kossar’s name – in white and 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.