Boichik Bagels, a popular Berkeley eatery recognized by the New York Times as being part of a “West Coast bagel boom,” is opening in Palo Alto. (Courtesy Boichik Bagels.)
By Kate Bradshaw
The long-awaited Boichik Bagels outpost in Palo Alto will hold its soft opening tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 10, starting at 7 a.m., according to an Instagram announcement.
The Berkeley-launched bagel business opened its first storefront in 2019 and quickly grew in popularity, thanks in part to a writeup by food critic Tejal Rao of the New York Times who said Boichik bagels looked like "Labrador puppies curled up for afternoon naps: soft and pudgy, golden roly-polys" and were "some of the finest New York-style bagels I’ve ever tasted."
The bagel shop is part of what the author called a "West coast bagel boom."
Emily Winston is opening up the first Peninsula location of her popular bagel shop Boichik’s in Palo Alto’s Town & Country Village. (Courtesy Emily Winston.)
The location in Palo Alto’s Town and Country shopping center was announced in January. Situated between CVS and Wildseed, it will offer the same chocolate malted iced coffee, bagels and sandwiches as the original Berkeley eatery.
Founder Emily Winston made headlines over the summer when she announced her plans to raise capital from residents to fund new bagel retail locations by selling "Bagel Bucks" –- discounted gift cards – and through a $1 million bond offering managed through SBMX, a crowd-funding site.
A platter of bagels and spreads from Boichik Bagels. (Courtesy Emily Winston.)
The funds are intended to help build a bagel plant in West Berkeley where the raw dough for each retail store will be produced, and to bake and freeze bagels intended for wholesale. Bagels not baked at the individual retail stores will be made at the factory, which can make up to 12,000 bagels an hour. It will be open to the public.
Boichik bagels can also be found at additional Peninsula locations, including Bianchini's Market in Portola Valley and San Carlos and Piazza's Fine Foods in San Mateo and Palo Alto.
Boichik Bagels, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto; Instagram: @boichikbagels.