Coney Island Bialys And Bagels, Nation’s Oldest Bialy Bakery, To Live On Under New Ownership

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Looks like it will live to see the age of 92, at least.

Two Muslim-American businessmen have saved the Coney Island Bialys and Bagels (2359 Coney Island Avenue)  – the nation’s oldest – by taking over the store’s lease and committing to continued production of the tasty baked goods.

“It’s the same bialys…We are using the same recipe, too,” said Peerzad Shah, who now runs the store with Zafaryab Ali, according to a Jewish Daily Forward article. “We want to keep the place on track.”

Shah and Ali have already placed new tiles on the floor and plan on renovating other parts of the store. They hope to build on former owner and baker Steven Ross’ 91-year-old kosher wholesale business that supplies New Jersey, Staten Island, and Brooklyn with bialys. Ross announced the business was going back on the chopping block back in August, saying demographic changes had put the biz on the fritz.

Now, hopefully, we’ll be able to stop by the old bialy shop and enjoy some good dough for another 91 years, at least..


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