A bagel shop and bar?
Buy us a round, I guess. Larry Rosenblum and Gigi Arnuti of Rittenhouse's Spread Bagelry are twinning the two concepts on a University City corner.
Wednesday, Sept. 7 is the opening of the second Spread, at 36th and Chestnut Streets, next to a Wawa. This Spread starts the day with Montreal-style bagels, bagel sandwiches, and La Colombe coffee, and then segues into a more substantive menu augmented by a bar dispensing cocktails, wines, eight local craft beers on tap, and 80 craft bottles. (The liquor license is a few days away.)
La Colombe's draft latte and Pure Black coffee on tap are available.
Montreal-style bagels are somewhat smaller and crunchier than their New York counterparts. They're boiled in honey water and baked in a wood-fired oven.
Dinner specials include riffs on bagels, such as everything-bagel-crusted chicken.
The setup by Stokes Architecture includes a patio, complete with small outside bar, topped by strings of lights. The restaurant itself is behind roll-up doors. The ordering counter is next to the door, and customers can take a seat outside or in a dining room past the bar. Once a customer is seated, Rosenblum says, the service is what he calls "fast-casual luxury." That is, staff roams the dining room to help secure reorders and refills.
Hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., though in the early going - as the liquor license has not yet been transferred - it closes at 4 p.m.