Nate’s Bagels to open Richmond bagel shop

Posted at 8:37 AM, Sep 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-05 08:37:25-04

RICHMOND, Va. — After two years of popup sales around town, Nate’s Bagels is settling down.

Nate’s Bagels is opening its first dedicated shop this winter at 19 S. Allen Ave. in the Fan. The business’ namesake and owner Nate Mathews said he has a lease for the former appliance store at the corner of Allen and West Cary streets.

While working as a civil engineer designing landfills two years ago, Mathews went to New York City to study how the Big Apple’s famous bagels are made. Shortly after, he started a business in Richmond as an itinerant shop, selling bagels at places like Union Market, Roaring Pines and Outpost.

“I started baking out of my house, and in July 2016 I moved to a commercial kitchen and that was a breath of fresh air,” he said.

With a 1,400-square-foot space of his own, Mathews said he’ll have the capacity to produce up to 2,000 bagels daily.

“We’ll have vegan options on the menu, along with bagel sandwiches and cream cheese,” he said, adding that it will serve Blanchard’s coffee, espresso drinks and on-tap cold brew coffee.

Nate Mathews has sold bagels at popup locations for two years in Richmond.
(Courtesy Nate Mathews)

The shop will have seating for about 12 inside, with an emphasis on fast-service takeout.

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