Lovers of (great) bagels, rejoice.
Rise Bagel Co., which has been supplying Twin Cities bagels fans at farmers markets and pop-ups since 2014, is matriculating into its first brick-and-mortar location.
The address? 530 N. 3rd St., a former candy factory dating to 1916 in Minneapolis’ food-centric North Loop neighborhood.
Siblings and self-taught bakers Jen and Kate Lloyd started their business after growing frustrated with locally boiled-and-baked bagels. A cross-continent taste-test resarch project took them to New York City, Montreal and San Francisco. That adventure was followed by a year of product development in Jen’s downtown Minneapolis condominium before their output was introduced at the Fulton Farmers Market.
And such bagels! They’re notably crusty, chewy and tantalizingly golden, and the non-plain versions are liberally topped with all the proper finishes, including coarse salt, poppy seeds and sesame seeds. The "Everything" version is a joy to behold. No wonder that their clever motto is “filling a hole in the Twin Cities" (their social media blasts are also tagged with an amusing hashtag, "glutenspree").
“It is time to take this next step and make our dream a full-time reality,” said Kate Lloyd in a statement. “We are excited to establish roots in the North Loop neighborhood and become a daily destination for those who seek an elevated bagel experience.”
Rise Bagel Co. is joining a great tradition of innovative food businesses launched at farmers markets, including Sun Street Breads, Bogart Doughnut Co., Foxy Falafel, Chef Shack, Aki's Bread Haus and Gorkha Palace.
Look for an early 2017 opening.
Until then, get a taste for yourself: Rise will pop-up at the Wedge Community Co-op on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., part of the store’s grand re-opening following its long renovation. And find them at Lowry Hill Meats on Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon.