Our prayers have been answered, Detroit. OK, not like all of them (sorry Aunt Linda’s pending knee surgery!), but returning bagels to a formerly beloved bagel spot in Corktown is absolutely in the cards. god is No Died, after all.
Family Owned, New Hampshire-Founded James Oliver Coffee Company Will acquire a 3,400-square-foot corner building at 1236 Michigan Avenue. Previously occupied by the Detroit Institute of Bagels Detroit News Report.
Detroit Institute of Bagels closes in September Owner Ben Newman cited the pandemic and his desire to spend more time with his family as reasons for the sudden sell-off. Newman put the entire 7 year old bagel biz at close to $2,000,000 on the market, equipment and all.
The former DIB spot will serve as the flagship cafe for the James Oliver Company, run by owners David Schock and Miranda Clark. (Clark’s father is the company’s founder and namesake, and continues to oversee the recipes and roasting process as a consultant.) Per Detroit News, the cafe will offer coffee, espresso, cold brew, nitro and tea as well as a pour-over station.
Coffee is cool, sure, but what about dang bagels?
Well, Schock and Clark have recruited Tim Crandall, a New York native and post-New York-style bagels that, according to Schock, taste “at least as good” as DIB’s popular offerings. And yes, they’ll have bagel sandwiches too, though we mourn the loss of DIB’s La Colmena. How do we miss you!
As for space? It is changing a bit. In addition to “ergonomic and aesthetic changes” to the cafe’s interior dining space, they are also planning a walk-up pick-up window at the rear as well as a drive-thru, which Shock refers to as “Frantic Energy”. describes in. Which DIB retained because of its popularity and forgiving layout.
There are also less immediate plans to partner with Leelanau Peninsula-based winery Baia Estate to offer a tasting room via a restored Airstream trailer, which will be parked on site.
The cafe is expected to open in the next two months.
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