31 AUG 03: GIMME A BREAK
Visitors to "Columbus InMotion" Saturday may have been surprised by the big signs on one Broadway business. The shop best known as "Bagel Break" has lost its lease! When I see signs like this, I keep reminding myself to get a safe deposit box....
The shop was known as Bagel Break when it opened a few years ago near 10th and Broadway. Now it's one of the "Mary's New York Café" restaurants - and it's suddenly forced to find a new location. And to make matters worse, most of the prime space nearby is turning into loft apartments.
The morning manager at Bagel Break tells me the landlord of the building gave them until October to move out - and did NOT give a reason for it. This is getting ridiculous! Is Columbus State University moving its ENTIRE campus downtown?
The signs outside Bagel Break not only say "lost our lease" -- but "can you help us find a new home?" As someone who lives near this restaurant, this is one time I hope Columbus Park Crossing is full.
It could be argued Bagel Break was the forerunner in the move of business and activities back to downtown Columbus. Until that shop opened, the only reasons to visit Broadway were for drinking and outlandish nightclub clothes.
Apparently in preparation for the move, Bagel Break also has posted signs saying it will NOT be open on Sundays anymore. I don't understand this change at all - unless First Presbyterian Church felt the bagels made the neighborhood look too Jewish.
I have a soft spot in my heart for Bagel Break, for several reasons. The restaurant let me set up newsstand racks for a church magazine last year. Trouble was, someone stole TWO newsstands - magazines, rack and all! If you don't like what we publish, at least put your own magazine there and be competitive.
Bagel Break is also a favorite of mine because of the "fragel." It rhymes with bagel -- only a bagel is fried and coated with cinnamon sugar. It's the closest thing downtown Columbus has to a doughnut shop.
In recent months, a coffee shop opened next to Bagel Break, "Fountain City Coffee Co." I don't drink coffee, so I can't speak to how good it is -- but a place that offers guest cellists for evening entertainment may be a bit too upscale for this town.
By the way, did you go to Columbus InMotion Saturday? I stopped for a short time during the evening, as a short-course bike race was underway. After more than two miles of jogging, the cyclists rushing by at more than 30 miles per hour felt quite refreshing.
On up Broadway, it was a dangerous weekend. Three people were shot around 3:00 a.m. Saturday at the "Columbus Live" nightclub. What are people trying to do - get the name changed to Columbus Dead?
I've acquired a promotional flyer for Friday night's event at Columbus Live. It promised a "Labor Day Week End Smack Down," featuring someone named Pastor Troy. Somehow I thought a "smackdown" with a Pastor would involve who would leave the biggest offering.
(Whoever printed the promotional flyer misspelled the club's name as "Clombus Live." Perhaps that's why it wasn't billed as a "Back to School Smack Down.")