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Jewish bagel shop owners shutter their Bellaire NYC-inspired restaurant after just 2 years
A Bellaire restaurant will close after less than two years in business. New York Eatery will close on Monday, May 14, owners Michael Saghian and Riana Sherman announced.
Notably, the Bagel Shop Bakery, the bakery and cafe from the same owners that’s adjacent to New York Eatery, will remain open. The original, Meyerland location of the Bagel Shop Bakery and its companion New York Deli & Coffee Shop — both staples of Houston’s Jewish community for more than 40 years — will also remain in operation. In addition, New York Eatery will honor all of its existing reservations for private events.
Opened in October 2021, New York Eatery attempted to build on the success of New York Deli & Coffee Shop with an expanded menu that included dinner entrees, more vegetarian options, and a full cocktail menu. It also offered substantially more room than the deli, with a capacity of over 200 people. Simply put, its owners decided to focus on more profitable ventures.
“We started construction on the Eatery pre-covid,” Saghian said in a statement. “So much has changed from then until now and although we had high hopes for the Eatery, we realize that our energies are better channeled through our work in the bakery, at Hillcroft, and especially in our thriving catering operation.”
Indeed, those other businesses are successful enough that New York Eatery’s remaining employees will be offered positions within them. To make up for the closure, the Bellaire location of the Bagel Shop Bakery may add some of the Eatery's dishes to its menu, assuming they can be modified to comply with the cafe operating under strict kosher guidelines.
“We’re in the restaurant business, but we’re more so in the people business, so this all feels like a natural progression — and a way to serve our community better,” Saghian added. “We are incredibly grateful for all of our customers, the memories made at New York Eatery, and the lessons we learned through this process. The future is bright and we’re excited to continue building on our successes and feed our community the same incredible food we’ve served for 48 years, made with love.”
New York Eatery’s closure comes at a time when restaurant openings are on the upswing in Bellaire. In addition to the established, nationally-recognizedBlood Bros. BBQ, the area has welcomed new additions such as CultureMap Tastemaker Award Best New Restaurant nominee Aya Sushi and Mandito’s, a casual Tex-Mex restaurant from the owners of River Oaks favorite Armandos. A second location of Midtown burger favorite Lankford Grocery is expected to open soon.