Another 15th Ave E old-timer will exit the sometimes sleepy — and increasingly active — Capitol Hill commercial village.
A sign hung at the Bagel Deli announced that Sunday was the final day of business for the bagelry after 33 years serving Capitol Hill.
We’ll try to follow up with owner Dale Jones about the decision to shutter and the history of the deli. Known for its straightforward take on its role as both a provider of bagels and a simple place to get a sandwich not too far from Group Health, the deli survived into a new era on an increasingly upgraded business strip.
The most recent example of turnover on 15th came a few blocks toward Volunteer Park where old school North Hill Bakery was squeezed out by rising rents and is being replaced by decidedly new school Nuflour gluten-free bakery, continuing a more than 80-year history of baking at the address. Also opening in 2014 will be the new — and overhauled if not improved — Canterbury as a partnership of Pike/Pine nightlife and restaurant entrepreneurs takes over the space. Another transformation has carried forward the old home of Horizon Books into a new-era — and beautiful — retail experience in (CHS advertiser) Ada’s Technical Books. Meanwhile, this central stretch of the street has seen an injection of new energy in recent years as big names like Ethan Stowell have moved in and new 15th favorites like The Wandering Goose have been hatched. And a four-story apartment project lurks in the future replacing dearly departed Chutney’s at 15th and Mercer.
Not all of the old-timers have stood idly by on the changing street. In 2012, Coastal Kitchen unveiled a significant makeover of its space as it marked 20 years in business on the street. Neighborhood businesses have also rallied together to form a merchants association as the opportunities and challenges in the district mount.
As for the Bagel Deli, we’ll have to wait to learn more from its owner about the closure. Capitol Hill’s bagel needs will continue to be served by an Einstein Brothers outlet on Broadway and the higher concept Eltana wood-fired bagels at 12th and Pine. For now, we’ll leave you with how the deli described itself. Like any good marketing, it seemed to be mostly true:
We believe in keeping things simple. A bagel is not fussy, a bagel is not gourmet. A bagel is wholesome and simple. It is the irresistible combination of wheat, yeast, sugar, salt, and malt, and not much else, in the perfect portable portion. Our bagels are crafted by hand, in-house, in small batches.