Southland Bagel technically began at the Farmer's Market in March of 2019. But it had been swirling in our minds for a few years in different iterations. Three couples, all alike in dignity in fair Lexington, Kentucky is where we lay our scene. We all have young kids and wanted to build a place to share with the community where everyone would feel welcome and would be able to grab a quick and delicious bite. A place that felt like it had always been there. We knew where we'd want it to be. Right on Southland Drive.
We wanted to do a 'Kentucky spin on New York style bagels'. Taking something classic and making it our own. All our bagels are made from scratch with Kentucky Proud Weisenberger Mill flour. Hand-rolled. Hand-formed. We boil them in Townsend Mill Sorghum straight from the source in Jeffersonville, Kentucky.
We've been baking out of the Lexington Pasta Garage since we started. An amazing space that has housed some amazing startups like Crank and Boom Ice Cream, Sweetgrass Granola and the DV8 Bakery. We've learned a lot and made some new friends. The incubator kitchen environment and community that Lesme Romero has built here is ideal for beginning a business in food service.
We have also truly enjoyed our time at the Lexington Farmer's Market. All of our combined years of experience in food service have really influenced the way we want to build our brand. We love our customers and have worked hard to form relationships where people know us and we know them. We've tried to lay out a solid ground-game with our ever-growing bagel familia to keep y'all entertained and up to date on flavors, specials and news from the trenches.
And now it's time for us to grow. We hadn't planned on being in a brick and mortar so quickly, but the perfect space opened up. A space that used to be the Cottrell's bakery in Lexington. A place that some of our parents rode their bikes to to get french bread growing up (true story). 428 Southland Drive. It had been several things since that bakery in the 60's. Off-Broadway Costumes, Christian Word Ministries. But now it's ours. And we're bringing bagels back. To the neighborhood. To Lexington. To you.
We're absolutely thrilled to be expanding our menu to a full breakfast and lunch space. Reasonably priced. Not pretentious. And open seven days a week.
The rewards we're offering will let you fine folks get some deals on bagels, coffee, swag and some other unique opportunities. It will help us by avoiding accrual of extra debt that can cripple young, small businesses. We thank you for your support in helping us make the jump to our brick and mortar. We've been so humbled by the response from the community thus far to our food and can't wait to share with you the good stuff that's been rattling around in our brains. Southland Bagel will be opening early September at 428 Southland Drive, Lexington, Kentucky 40503. We love you Kentucky. It's on and poppin'. Come get some bagels, y'all!
Risks and challenges
Combined, we have over 50 years of food service experience. From washing dishes to owning our own restaurants. From Lexington, KY to Nashville, TN to Winterville, NC to Ada, MI to New York City we've been there. We know how to make bagels. There are risks of course. Starting any kind of business is always financially risky. And food service particularly in a food-town such as Lexington is considered even riskier. Permits, equipment, unforeseen setbacks and costs are all hurdles that we expect to have to overcome. But we hope that with our Kickstarter's help, we can avoid the extra debt and over extension of the resources we've been able to put together. We've signed our lease. We've finished demolition. Our partnership provides a unique blend of skills which mitigates some risks by allowing us to rely on one another.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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