Chapel Hill’s The Bagel Bar to open Downtown Durham location

Owners Karra Pate and Jon Collins are open a second Bagel Bar location in downtown Durham.
Owners Karra Pate and Jon Collins are open a second Bagel Bar location in downtown Durham. Courtesy of Bagel Bar

Bagel fans rejoice! Chapel Hill’s The Bagel Bar is set to open their second location in Downtown Durham this spring.

Owners Jon Collins and Karra Pate, who took over the original Bagel Bar in 2012, settled on a storefront on City Hall Plaza after months of searching for a space downtown.

“Since I live in Durham, I have seen how the downtown core, specifically the food scene, has developed over the last couple of years,” Collins wrote in an e-mail. “We also noticed that there is an absence of locally owned, fast-casual restaurants. That paired with consistent growth in our retail operation in Chapel Hill led us to believe that a downtown Durham location would be a perfect next step for us.”

Collins touts the new location’s proximity to City Hall (across the street) as well as a number of downtown Durham businesses and law firms, hotels like the 21C Museum Hotel and The Durham Hotel, and the many large development projects slated to open in the coming years as one of the main reasons the pair settled on 104 City Hall Plaza.

In order to maximize space in the new location the bagels will be continued to be baked fresh daily at the Chapel Hill store and delivered throughout the day to Durham. The pair also plan on taking catering orders for business lunches, holidays, and other functions.

The menu will be similar to that of the flagship Chapel Hill store, with customer favorites like the Ham, Apple, and Cheddar bagel and the Guac and Squawk (pulled chicken, avocado, lettuce, tomato, cheddar) making appearances. Collins and Pate also plan on introducing new offerings to the Durham menu, as well as a full espresso bar.

Collins and Pate are intent on providing a high-quality, affordable meal to downtown Durham residents and workers. “When Karra and I first took over,” Collins says, “we decided that we never wanted to be the place with a $12 sandwich on the menu. We want to offer great food at a great price that everyone will love.”

Though primarily focused on the breakfast and lunch crowd, The Bagel Bar Durham will initially remain open until 5 or 6 p.m. to serve the business crowd. Although an exact date has not been set, Collins and Pate are hoping for a May grand opening.

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Matt Lardie is a Durham-based food and travel writer. He writes the Eat Write Go blog: Reach him at