Two former Brooklyn Bagel & Deli shops in Sarasota have rebranded as Buddy's.
To celebrate the change in the New York-inspired eateries, Buddy's is hosting a grand opening at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at the 999 Cattlemen Road location. The celebration will feature music, bagel samples and what are described as "enticing return-visit" incentives.
The stores are part of HSK Industries, a Sarasota-based business conglomerate that includes Florida Design Works, Kirkplan Kitchen & Bath and a ski resort and golf club in New Jersey, among other holdings. Brothers David and Jeffrey Koffman own HSK.
Bagels are a newer part of HSK. The brothers bought Lox and Egg on Tamiami Trail in Sarasota in February, and followed that up by acquiring the pair of Brooklyn Bagels & Deli locations in April.
According to a statement, the Brooklyn Bagel & Deli shops were closed and rebranded as Buddy's to pay homage to the patriarch of the family and the Koffman brothers' grandfather Burton “Buddy” Koffman.
Like its predecessor, Buddy's makes bagels the time-honored way by boiling lumps of dough before they are baked, the release states.
In the coming weeks, Buddy's plans to unveil a nighttime offering at its Cattlemen store: Belgian-style French fries known as frites.
Buddy's regular operating hours are from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily at 6970 S. Beneva Road and 999 Cattlemen Road.