Chris Cunningham

I grew up on Long Island. Everyone eats bagels and egg sandwiches on Long Island. One of the most popular late night spots in high school was even a bagel shop called 24 Hour Bagels. We would hang out in the parking lot and talk about emo music. That’s about as Long Island as it gets. Every weekend my Dad would wake up early and go to the bagel shop down the street and bring home bagels for us. I would always get salt bagels (most underrated type of bagel) and heat them up in the microwave to get the dough nice and soft, almost gooey. I would heat them up for 24 seconds not because I was OCD but because that was the perfect amount of time to get the bagel perfectly soft. I would usually rip apart the bagel with my hands and eat it piece by piece. would always ask my dad to buy me an extra salt bagel because I would love to have them as a snack right before I went to bed (carbs weren’t a thing apparently when I was growing up). I would always have a salt bagel and a Snapple before I went to sleep on the weekends - my family was very health conscious. Eventually, I graduated to the egg sandwich on an everything bagel which is probably the best combination of food ever. I would always get ham egg and cheese on an everything bagel WITH breakfast potatoes on the sandwich. This is a sandwich on our menu and you should definitely try it if you haven’t. I remember always having to repeat myself that I wanted the breakfast potatoes on the sandwich. 

My friends initially thought it was weird but eventually started getting potatoes on their breakfast sandwiches as well because it just makes sense. Bagels to me were always more of a comfort food rather than a gourmet item on one’s menu. 

They were always cheap and fantastic; similar to pizza in that sense. When things are cheap and good there’s no need to mess with them.Gourmet bagels are just plain ridiculous.

The second I got a job in corporate America I knew I wanted to do something on my own. We moved to Austin because we loved the energy of the city and we felt at home. NYC is great in a lot of ways but it wears on you. I always wanted to do something with music and Austin has an appreciation for music that not many cities have. We’re planning on having some live music nights at NC in the future. 

One morning in Austin, I was craving a breakfast sandwich on a bagel and realized that it just didn’t exist, or at least it didn't exist in the ways that I remember. At this moment, everything clicked - LET'S BRING BAGELS TO AUSTIN. From then on items began to fall into place, I had a conversation with my Uncle who owns a bagel shop in Tennessee. He’s a cool dude - was a Captain in the NYPD for 20 years, retired, moved to some random town in Tennessee, and started a bagel shop. Once we had our plan we somehow (a lot of sweat) secured funding through a non-profit and retained 100% ownership. 

Our goal is to have the people of Austin grow to love bagels as much as we have over the years, and in doing so, create memories with their families and friends.