Remembering Community Business — #supportinglocal Series– The Bagel Oven

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
05 Jul 1992, Sun  •  Page 2

To kick-start the yeast, Mike and Jeff Kofsky are plopping freshly-rolled dough into honeyed water, plopping and moaning about the Bad News Bagels their yet to-taste-victory softball team that’s giving them tsuris aggravation. The brothers are kings of the sheba, the long, wooden spatula-like utensil they use to flip a load of bagels (32 to the batch) onto the grate of the wood-burning stove that glows at the back of The Bagel Oven, their deli on Greenbank Road near Knoxdale Road.

“Losing 9-5 isn’t so bad,” says Mike, 31, looking on the bright side. “Hey, it’s better than 25-2,” adds Jeff, 24. Both brothers break up laughing. There’s a lot of laughter at the Bagel Oven, a lot of smiling and kidding around with the customers. , It’s the way the Kofskys do business ” be in the store at 6 a.m. every day and make sure customers enjoy coming in for, ( a still-warm poppy seed bagel with a , smear of cream cheese.

According to family legend, Mike was mesmerized by a bagel oven he encountered in a deli during a family trip to Montreal when he was a little boy. Little Mike said he would own an oven like that one day. Now he does. The boys opened the Bagel Oven two- and-a-half years ago, and have been steadily building the business on hard work and word of-mouth. “We try to do different things,” says Jeff.

“We greet everybody, and make sure the faces are familiar even if we can’t put a first name to everybody. And we don’t want to be just faces behind the counter. The boss one of us is always here.” “He likes the hard ones,” Jeff shrugs, so they hold back a few day-old bagels after clearing the bins for the first fresh batch of the day. The brothers have worked up a sort of tourist-guide spiel to explain how they make bagels from scratch daily everything from why the sesame seeds stick to the bagels to the source and burning temperature of the two cords of wood used every week in the oven. “Everybody comes through here,” says Jeff, “We’ve had kindergarten classes, Cubs and who are the ones even younger? Beavers? Anyway, the kids are great and we’re glad to show them around.” “The community is the key to their success, Mike says. “We try hard to be part of the neighborhood the ball team is part of it and I think customers respond to that.”

The Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, CanadaSun, Jul 05, 1992 · Page 2 Bruce Ward

So what is at at The Bagel Oven now?

Can’t seem to find it and wonder if it is now Frank’s Place? at 283 Greenbank Road

Even before I was a town councillor for Carleton Place, and way back when to my days owning Flash Cadilac on Rideau Street in the 70s I have encouraged local business to support each other and I believe everyone has a story. I have documented 100s of local businesses in our area.Please #supportlocal

Photo by the Rayners who are in this photo. The sign in front of my house. Please #supportlocal

Lost Ottawa
August 19  · 

Just got a request for a picture of Bagel Bagel, an eatery down in the Market, I beleive.
Here’s the only photo we ever had, which we posted way back in 2013. Love the hairdo’s.
No idea about the original source.
Lost Ottawa
May 30, 2019  · 

Needs some rolls to go with your dinner? You could get them at Ottawa’s much loved Rideau Bakery, located at 384 Rideau Street near Friel.
Apart from deliciousness, the bakery also had one of last signs over-hanging the sidewalk in Ottawa.
Date here is the 1990s, judging by the car.
(JHN 4-449-09)
Lost Ottawa
November 23, 2015  · 

Danny Moran sends this picture of downtown Ottawa that has me totally stumped.
When was there a Dunn’s near Bank and Sparks?
Lost Ottawa
December 28, 2017  · 

Dining Out in Lost Ottawa, shared by Sheldon Leonard.
Writes Sheldon:

Andrew J. MaheuxLost Ottawa

September 2, 2013  · Nate’s Delicatessen at 316 Rideau Street, circa 1979. Smoked Meat, Deli

You Have to Open Up a Business Here!!! 1912 Ottawa Marketing — Simpson Books

The Ice Pick Cometh — Ottawa Artificial Ice Co.

Clippings of the Old Albion Hotel

The Brunswick Hotel — The “dollar-a-day” Huckell Hotel — (Murphy-Gamble Limited)

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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