Durham’s Bagel Bar to open Monday

Inside The Bagel Bar in Durham, which opens Monday.
Inside The Bagel Bar in Durham, which opens Monday. Matt Lardie

The downtown Durham location of The Bagel Bar is set to open on Monday across from City Hall.

The Chapel Hill shop announced last winter that they would expand into Durham, occupying a newly-renovated space next door to the recently-opened Bulldega Urban Market.

Co-owner and Durham resident Jon Collins hopes to capitalize on Durham’s ever-expanding downtown lunch scene. “We’re imagining we will have customers from all over Durham,” Collins says, “but mostly all the professionals living and working in downtown, especially those at City Hall.”

“Our location is right in the heart of downtown and we’re getting to serve a much large community with this new store,” he adds.

The space, designed by Morgan Haynes at Center Studio Architecture and executed by Pete Zseleczky of Gateway Building Co., is bright and open with an industrial-modern look popular to many downtown Durham establishments. Custom pieces made from reclaimed wood by Steve Peters of Peters Design Works include tables, counters and an impressive bench that evolves into a lunch counter.

The Bagel Bar Durham will also feature a new menu, with some surprises to be found alongside favorites from the Chapel Hill location. Eventually both locations will run the same menu, with the Chapel Hill store acting as the main production kitchen. Fresh bagels will be delivered to Durham twice daily.

Long a favorite for business breakfasts, luncheons and bar and bat mitzvahs in Chapel Hill, The Bagel Bar’s Durham location will also launch a catering menu later this fall.

The Bagel Bar Durham is located at 104 City Hall Plaza in downtown Durham and will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info:

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