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Kettlemans Bagel

Amer Wahab and Craig Buckley

For family reasons, I have been going back and forth to Ottawa on a regular basis for the past year and a half. I absolutely love the nation’s capital, notably its restaurant scene. My discovery of Kettlemans Bagel last year and meeting the founder Craig Buckley was indeed a highlight, especially when he revealed to me that not only was he a native of Montreal – but more than 30 years after establishing his first location in Ottawa, expansion was coming to our fair city.

On January 10, Kettlemans Bagel officially opened its first location in Quebec steps from the Bell Centre on Avenue des Canadiens.

A big thanks to Buckley, President Amer Wahab and Communications Manager Emma Latreille for the VIP tour. I also got to meet lead staff people Ziad Zeidov and Azahara Munoz.

Open 24/7, 365 days a year, Kettlemans offers delicious sandwiches on hand-rolled Montreal bagels which are hand rolled, kettled, and baked in a specially-designed oven.

Buckley opened the first Kettlemans Bagel in Ottawa in 1993. Today, Kettlemans operates seven other locations in Ottawa, Toronto, and Whitby. By rolling, kettling, and baking traditional Montréal bagels, Kettlemans upholds an unwavering commitment to the traditional quality of our food and strives to persuade every guest to come back again and again.

Buckley with Ziad Zeidan and Azahara Munoz

The kitchen staff has been boosted by 10 experienced staffers from Ottawa and Toronto the first week to help get things rolling.  As you make your way through the queue line the fridges have an endless array of homemade cream cheese, banana and lemon bread, pizza bagels, knishes, latkes, smoked salmon, Chicago-style pickles and a whole lot more. When you get to the counter, besides the different flavored bagels, you can choose from some delicious danishes and sweets. There are places to sit. You will be given a pager and called when your order is ready. This place will indeed be rock and rolling before and after any large-scale Bell Centre events!

And here is some fresh news I can share with you. Kettlemans plans to open a  second Quebec location in 2023 in Dollard des Ormeaux!

For more details log on to  www.kettlemansbagels.ca

Here is my video chat with Buckley.

As first reported here last year,  with the holiday season fast approaching,  Kettlemans Bagel has officially announced it is opening its first location in Quebec at the beginning of January steps from the Bell Centre in downtown Montreal.

Craig Buckley

“Bringing Kettlemans home to Montreal, where I grew up in a moment I have looked forward to for a long, long time,” says Founder Craig Buckley. “It is incredibly exciting to be joining Montreal’s world-class food scene and sharing our unique menu of delicious house-made cream cheeses and deli selections built around our Montréal bagels that honour a 400-year-old tradition.”

Personally, I could not be more excited. As a regular visitor to Ottawa, I stop by Kettlemans often and what a treat that is!

Guests who visit Kettlemans Bagel at 1285 ave. des Canadiens-de-Montréal will be treated to more than just delicious sandwiches on hand-rolled Montreal bagels. Kettlemans’ signature No Wall Experience invites everyone who comes in, 24/7, 365 days a year, to watch as fresh bagels are hand-rolled, kettled, and baked in a specially-designed oven.

Kettlemans strives to ensure each guest’s experience is memorable, beginning with perfect-tasting food. The service will always be fast and friendly in a fresh space that provides an authentic, modern vibe. Kettlemans Bagel is anything but your traditional Montréal bagel shop.

Doing Things Right

Kettlemans is about awesome food and good times, but the story doesn’t end there. Using the latest technology ensures that while centuries-old traditions behind the best bagels around are honoured, Kettlemans is also taking action to help the environment, including more eco-friendly packaging and innovations that dramatically reduce its carbon footprint.

Join the Kettlemans Team!

Kettlemans is seeking new team members at the new downtown Montréal location who are passionate about making and serving amazing food and ensuring guests are happy from the second they step in the front door. Visit www.kettlemansbagels.ca/careers/ to find out more.

A Growing Brand

Buckley opened the first Kettlemans Bagel in Ottawa in 1993. Today, Kettlemans operates seven locations in Ottawa, Toronto, and Whitby. By rolling, kettling, and baking traditional Montréal bagels, Kettlemans upholds an unwavering commitment to the traditional quality of our food and strives to persuade every guest to come back again and again.

Kettlemans Bagel set to open its first Montreal location across from the Bell Centre

    Kettlemans hand-rolled Montreal style bagels, unique spreads, fresh salads, and sandwiches make the perfect breakfast-to-go, boardroom power lunch or late-night indulgence. Founder and Montreal native Craig Buckley opened the first store in August of 1993. When he started the business, he simply wanted to make the best bagels you could find. By rolling, “kettling,” and baking traditional Montreal Bagel in a wood burning-oven using handpicked hardwood, and maintaining an unwavering commitment to the traditional quality of the food, Kettlemans has become a food institution — 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year — for 28 years.