Brooklyn Water Bagel Express Location Opens In Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Where You Can Be In And Out In Under 5 Minutes
There's a new place in town to grab a bagel and morning cup of coffee before heading into the office. And if you're hesitant about stopping in and ending up late for work, we assure you, it'll be fast.
The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel has introduced its first express location in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The store, located on the ground floor of the Broward Financial Center, soft opened on Friday, March 18.
Brooklyn Water Bagel Express is a streamlined version of the popular Delray-based chain. The store still offers the same bagels, muffins and cookies made fresh daily, as well as its iced coffee, but in a faster, smaller version of the full restaurant. The goal is to serve customers in about 5 minutes or less.
"By the time you order your coffee and sandwich and go over to the creamer bar … typically your sandwich is coming up right as you're finished making your coffee," general manager Jimmy Maddox said.
The quick-service restaurant also offers egg sandwiches, deli sandwiches and wraps with meat sliced in-house, and a build-your-own lunch menu.
What's been cut? The smaller 730-square-foot store doesn't have a grill, so omelets and Baninis (panini-style pressed bagel sandwiches) aren't on the express menu.
The bagels for the store are baked at the larger Brooklyn Water Bagel location that opened nearby on SE Third Avenue last summer.
The express location opens up the option to customers in downtown Fort Lauderdale who wouldn't otherwise visit the full Brooklyn Water Bagel location only blocks away—but on the south side of the river.
"People don't cross the bridge. It's a giant barrier," Maddox said.
This model—a large store that acts as a central hub to supply smaller express shops—is something the chain hopes to emulate at future locations.
The express store in Fort Lauderdale also offers a patio with outdoor seating and umbrellas for families and other customers who still wish to stay longer.
Brooklyn Water Bagel Express is open seven days a week. For the time being, its operating hours are 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Full operational hours are still being determined.
For updates, call 954.909.0284.
Brooklyn Water Bagel Express; 500 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
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