As we head into the holiday season, it’s easy to forget just how many restaurants have come and gone over the past year.

Since the pandemic began in 2020, numerous bars and restaurants have closed for good. Not all of them are due to the pandemic, but rather personal reasons such as change of ownership, retirement or other factors.

It really hurts when businesses which have been opened for decades in Western New York, suddenly close out of nowhere. The latest isn’t technically a full closure, but the name and ownership will be no more.

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According to their Facebook page on Wednesday, Bagel Jay’s will be closing. They will be switching ownership, who will start Bruegger’s Bagels.

The stores will remain closed into next week, as Bagel Jay’s makes way for a new bagel shop.

The good news is that all Bagel Jay’s employees will be offered new positions at Bruegger’s. Gift cards that customers may have for Bagel Jay’s will also not go to waste, according to Nick Veronica.

Bagel Jay’s was open for 47 years. They were a north towns staple, who served fresh bagels, breakfast sandwiches, baked goods and coffee. If you have ever had their bagels, then you know they were the closest thing in Buffalo to New York City bagels. Hopefully, it’s a seamless transition to Bruegger’s.

This comes on the heels of The Como Restaurant in Niagara Falls closing for good two weeks ago. Two staples of Western New York dining no more.

The blueberry bagel at Bagel Jay’s were awesome.

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