by Scott Gold
Much to the surprise and sadness of bagel-loving New Orleanians, Artz Bagelz (3138 Magazine Street (504) 309-7557) announced on Wednesday that it is now closed.
The restaurant's announcement, which appeared both on a sign posted to the door of its Magazine St. location as well as on its Facebook page and company voicemail, was brief.
"It is with deep regret and sorrow that we have to announce that Artz Bagelz has closed permanently. Thank you all so much for enjoying our bagels. It was a pleasure and a privilege to serve you and we will miss you." The note was signed, "Sincerely, The management and staff of Artz Bagelz.
Artz had recently opened a downtown location at 821 Baronne St. last November, which ceased operations about a month afterwards, as did the company's wholesale business. With the unfortunate closure of Artz on Magazine, Uptown bagel afficionados have one less bakery to find fresh-baked rounds of doughy goodness upon which to heap a pile of scrambled eggs with cheese, or the classic combination of cream cheese, smoked fish, red onions and capers.
There are still a number of local bakeries that provide fresh bagels, including Manhattanjack on Prytania St., among others. However, one anonymous New Orleanian mused that bagels, long known as a specialty of the Northeast, might be difficult to perfect in our swampy climes. "New York bagels are just better," he said. "I buy the frozen Davidovitch bagels at Martin's Wine Cellar in Metairie, and they're wonderful."