Great news for schmear lovers: Fitzroy’s Mile End Bagels is opening a second store this week.
The beloved bagelry – which some consider Melbourne’s Hol(e)y Grail – shared the news about the “top secret” store in an Instagram story last Saturday morning.
“When Covid hit, it was a bit of a reality check and time to reassess,” co-owner Benjamin Vaughan tells Broadsheet. “So we decided to go all-in.”
“We’ll continue baking at the original site, but this new store will be the bagel bar we’ve been thinking about doing for a while.”
The 10 best sellers from Johnston Street will make up the menu. Vaughan says to expect the smoked salmon with dill-and-caper cream cheese, tomato and red onion; the brisket pastrami with cream cheese, pickles and hot-and-sweet mustard; and the ham (off the bone) with tasty cheese, egg salad, pickles, dijon mustard and kewpie.
There’ll be no espresso coffee, however, only a rotating filter from Wood and Co, which is roasting around the corner on Albert Street. “A filter coffee and a bagel – very new York,” says Vaughan.
Since opening in 2016, Mile End has cemented itself as one of the city’s best bagel joints, serving woodfired rings that are subtly dense and slightly sweet – inspired by those found in Montreal and New York.
Mile End Bagels is opening at 1 Wilkinson Street, Brunswick, on Thursday October 1. It will operate 9am to 2pm Thursday to Sunday.
This article was updated on September 29.