Dining/Drinking

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The Bagel Pit, owned by sisters Ashley and Brittany Taylor (not pictured), has taken over the former Baxter's Bagels location at 22 Brinkerhoff St. in Plattsburgh. Besides a number of holdovers from the Baxter's Bagels days, the restaurant has an updated menu of sandwiches and salads that allows for a high degree of customization, along with soup, muffins and pastries. The sisters also plan to further expand their menu and to have extended hours on certain days. (Gabe Dickens/P-R Photo)

The Bagel Pit opens downtown

By: DAN HEATH

PLATTSBURGH — Bagels and more are in store at a downtown restaurant that recently reopened with new owners.

Brittany and Ashley Taylor opened The Bagel Pit on March 8 in the former Baxter’s Bagels space at 22 Brinkerhoff St. 

“It’s been going very well,” Ashley said. “We have a bunch of regulars from Baxter’s, but a bunch of new faces as well.”

ADDING OWN TOUCHES

She worked at Baxter’s for about seven months and was approached by the owner when he thought about selling the business. Ashley said she and Brittany had always wanted to own their own business and eventually decided to take the plunge.

They are adding their own touches to the shop, with a goal to create a cozy, relaxed vibe typical of a college-town cafe. They made renovations to the kitchen and added more space at the tables.

Another new touch is the large chalkboard menu wall. Customers can also enjoy the free Wi-Fi service.

While they kept a lot of the Baxter’s menu, they have made some changes.

Bagel pizzas are among the new items on the menu. Choices include cheese, pepperoni, three meat or hot ham and cheese.

On the breakfast menu, the Hangover Takeover has proven popular so far, Ashley said. It features two fried eggs, cream cheese, bacon and ketchup on a bagel, with the French toast bagel recommended.

At lunch, the Artiste has also been a big seller, Ashley said. It includes sprouts, lettuce, tomato, onion, bell peppers, cucumber and Italian dressing.

One holdover is The Baxter, named after the former owner’s dog. It is made with smoked ham, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo and dijon mustard.

The Taylors’ pets served as inspiration for the names of some other menu items.

One is the Lincoln, named after Brittany’s pit bull. It features chicken, bacon, lettuce, tomato, cheddar and ranch.

The pit bull was also the inspiration for the name of the shop.

Ashley said The Colbster is named after her black lab. Ingredients are turkey, ham, lettuce, tomato, onions, mayo and yellow mustard.

CREATE YOUR OWN

In addition to the featured selections, customers can create their own breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches and salads from an extensive list of ingredients. 

Breakfast sandwiches are available on a choice of bagel, bread or toast, while lunch items can be on bagel, bread, toast or a wrap.

Sandwiches come with bagel chips, or you can upgrade to a lunch combo with Deep River chips and a drink.

The bagels come from just outside New York City, for that authentic Big Apple taste. Flavors include plain, poppy seed, sesame, onion, pumpernickel, cinnamon raisin, garlic, wheat and oat, blueberry, everything, sun-dried tomato, spinach, asiago, french toast, eight-grain and gluten-free. Ashley said the latter have already proven popular.

Lunch and breakfast are served throughout the day.

The menu also features a soup of the day, muffins and assorted pastries. Customers can create their own salads from any of the ingredients.

The Bagel Pit has coffee from Adirondack Coffee Roasters in Plattsburgh and Lakeside Coffee in Rouses Point

The Taylors are ardent supporters of local businesses, and enjoy being part of the exciting development of downtown Plattsburgh, particularly the arts corridor along Brinkerhoff Street.

“It’s definitely a good location,” Ashley said.

HOURS MAY INCREASE

They plan to offer some late-night hours in the future to take advantage of more people visiting downtown.

The Bagel Pit offers catering for any size group, with breakfast or lunch items, coffee and more.

“No matter what size your order, we’ll make it for you,” Ashley said.

The sisters are originally from Tivoli, about 1 1/2 hours north of New York City. They moved to the North Country in 2002.

Ashley said she has the restaurant experience, as she had worked in the food-service industry for six years. Brittany brings business experience to the venture, having worked for a variety of businesses in the Malone area.

The Bagel Pit is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Cash, local checks, credit cards and Cardinal Cash are accepted.

More information is available at www.bagelpit.com. You can also follow the Bagel Pit on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Customers can all ahead at 310-1666 to have an order ready for pick up.

Email Dan Heath:dheath@pressrepublican.com

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