Greenville Ave News
Bagels keep booming in Dallas with new shop from chef on Greenville Ave
Dallas' affair with bagels continues to rage, and there's another new bagel shop to prove it: Called Abby's Bagels, it's from NB Concepts, the restaurant group from chef Nick Backlund (Hide, Royal 38, Toller Patio) and is opening on Lower Greenville in the fall.
The shop will be at 1915 Greenville Ave., a space that was most recently the Kathy Fielder clothing boutique and prior to that, Transit Bicycles, for nearly a decade. (And prior to that, sketchy bars such as Yucatan, Malibu, and Tiger.)
According to Backlund, Abby’s Bagels will serve bagels, espresso, sandwiches, baked goods, and late-night eats.
The Abby in Abby's Bagels is Abby Perkins, Backlund's wife and occasional concept muse. She was the brains behind RoPo & Logan, the Midwestern-style dive that the couple briefly opened in Deep Ellum in 2021.
Perkins grew up traveling to the Northeast every summer, and has a great affinity for deli and bodega culture. In addition, bagels run in the family: Backlund's mother Carol owned and operated a bagel store for more than a decade.
"Abby spent a ton of time on the East Coast as a kid, and bagels are nostalgic for her," Backlund says. "My mom opened a bagel store in Southern California, Izzy's Bagels, when I was young. So we have a lot of bagel history."
Dallas is enjoying a big bagel invasion, with lots of indie shops that have opened recently including award-winning Starship Bagels in downtown Dallas and Lewisville, Sclafani's in Preston Center, and Lubbies Bagels, which just opened this week in East Dallas.
Abby's will have some bagel classics but also some with culinary twists. This includes a unique bagel and schmear program along with signature sandwiches.
"We'll have about 12 to 14 flavors of bagels, including a couple of seasonal rotators, and 12 to 15 cream cheese flavors," he says. "We'll do the traditional options that people like, but we hope to branch out a little more, with options like a truffle cream cheese and bananas Foster."
Baked goods will range from Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk cookies to bananas foster bread with cream cheese swirl.
The shop will benefit from its convenient location right across the street from Hide, his restaurant and cocktail bar.
"We'll bake bagels off every day right there on Greenville Avenue, and use the bagels and ingredients from that day to do late-night bagel sandwiches, pizza bagels, and the like," he says. "Obviously having a full kitchen across the street at Hyde will allow us to do some things that we wouldn’t be able to do at a full bakery."