GR Bagel closes permanently

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Prior to its closure, the shop offered a full espresso bar, artisan tea, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, bagels, hand-cured gravlax — a Nordic dish of raw salmon cured in salt with dill and sugar— handmade cream cheese and cream scones. Courtesy René Pascal Kalter

A bagel bakery and café in Eastown is suspending operations.

Lisa Barhydt and René Pascal Kalter said in an Instagram post Sunday that they are closing GR Bagel Espresso & Bagel Bar, which was located at 423 Norwood Ave. SE in Grand Rapids’ Eastown neighborhood since 2012.

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To our loyal GR Bagel Customers, We have been honored to be Grand Rapids’ source for real organic bagels since our early days at the Fulton Street Farmers Market. We have loved being a part of the Eastown community and getting to know our amazing customers from all over the city. Seven years and two expansions later, we were positioned for our best year yet. But like so many other small businesses, we have felt the impact of the pandemic. When we made the difficult decision to close our doors this spring, we had hoped that it would be temporary. But with our lease coming to an end and the challenging environment still facing businesses, we have decided to suspend our operations. To all of our customers – thank you for seven fantastic years. We have loved sharing our passion for food with you. There was nothing more exhilarating than a busy Saturday; listening to jazz while we served coffee and bagels, seeing all of your familiar faces, and feeling the positive energy coming from the community. We are proud to have brought bagels that would rival the best in NYC to our little corner of Grand Rapids and beyond. Thank you for your patronage, your patience with our little family team, and your love. This isn’t goodbye forever – keep an eye out for a new food venture from us coming soon. In the meantime, stay safe, keep in touch, and if you are interested in purchasing some of René’s Ruff Ruffage low-fat doggie treats (our rottie Iris is crazy for them), dm us on Instagram or text Lisa at 616-915-4039. We love you and we’ll see you soon!

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Prior to its closure, the shop offered a full espresso bar, artisan tea, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, bagels, hand-cured gravlax — a Nordic dish of raw salmon cured in salt with dill and sugar— handmade cream cheese and cream scones. The business also did catering and sold its products at the Plainfield Kingma’s Market, Lantern Coffee Bar & Lounge, The Sparrows Coffee, Tea & Newsstand on Wealthy Street and the Fulton Street Farmers Market, according to a previous Business Journal report.

“We have been honored to be Grand Rapids’ source for real, organic bagels since our early days at the Fulton Street Farmers Market,” the duo said in the post.

“We have loved being a part of the Eastown community and getting to know our amazing customers from all over the city. Seven years and two expansions later, we were positioned for our best year yet. But like so many other small businesses, we have felt the impact of the pandemic. When we made the difficult decision to close our doors this spring, we had hoped that it would be temporary. But with our lease coming to an end and the challenging environment still facing businesses, we have decided to suspend our operations.”

Barhydt and Pascal Kalter said the closure isn’t “goodbye forever,” as they plan to launch a new food venture in the near future.

“We are proud to have brought bagels that would rival the best in NYC to our little corner of Grand Rapids and beyond,” they said. “Thank you for your patronage, your patience with our little family team and your love.”

The pair said, for the time being, they will continue to take orders and sell Pascal Kalter’s “special doggie bagel treats” through their Instagram account or via text messages to Barhydt at (616) 915-4039.

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