NY’s Oldest Bialy Shop Is Saved by Unlikely Owners

The oldest bialys store in the country is still on a roll. The sweet smell of bread will continue to waft down Coney Island Avenue, as a landmark kosher bakery in Brooklyn gets a whole new lease on life.

Coney Island Bialys and Bagels, teetered and fell in September, after Steve Ross, whose grandfather began the company 91 years ago, called it quits. In a twist of history — and, one might say, a twist of bread as well — the store has been saved by two Muslim businessmen who leased the space and started a corporation under almost the identical name. They’ll keep the kosher shop’s offerings the same, preserving its history.

It’s the same bialys… We are using the same recipe, too, said Peerzada Shah, who now co-owns the business with Zafaryab Ali, who worked with Ross at the bialy shop for a decade. We want to keep the place on track, said Shah. And since re-opening in September, customers have regularly told the pair, We appreciate that you’re keeping the store open, according to Shah — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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