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Meet the Owners: Marie and Rob of Brooklyn Bagels & Cafe

Rocky Point graduates purchased Brooklyn Bagels & Cafe 11 years ago.

Rob Giannino and his sister, Marie grew up in Sound Beach and attended from Kindergarten through 12th grade. While Rob was going to college he worked part time at the bagel place at 379 Route 25A in Rocky point, he found out the store was up for sale. The two siblings bought it and was born.

Now, Brooklyn Bagels is in its 11th year of providing bagels, sandwiches, and much more all while giving back to the community with various annual events. Patch sat down with Marie Giannino-Stewart and talked about the past, present and future of Brooklyn Bagels.

How did you get started?

"I'm a licensed cosmetologist by trade and I just got married and I was ready to do something different. It wasn’t in my plans but sometimes I think God puts things in your path for a reason. It's been a great experience." 

What has been the biggest challenge?

"The economy. There’s so much fluctuation and I think people are just trying to watch more where they spend their money. We’re really close to our customers and we’re really proud of that, but one challenge is trying to make everyone happy. We try to do our best."

What do you enjoy most about your line of work?

"What I enjoy mostly is getting to use my creativity, and we like to come up with new things and see the customers enjoy something new we started and it taking off. I think the most rewarding part is the people I've made friends with, the people I've met. Its really put things at a different level, it’s not just going to work and owning a bagel store in the community I grew up in, it’s the major connections I've made that I've really enjoyed the most."

What are some of the things that are unique about your practice?

"We like to be different, stand out, give out more of a custom feel; a little hometown café where people can meet friends and make friends. Doing the community events. Doing the costume contest every year, the fundraisers and the Easter egg hunt. Being involved in the PTAs and the churches and anything that we can help out with is what we feel makes things different. We use Brooklyn bagels as an avenue to give back because we’ve been very blessed; it’s a way we are able to give back and reach out to the community."

What are your plans for both the immediate future and long-term as well?

"Currently, Rob and I are hashing out some new ideas, some menu changes, new dishes in the Boars Head deli case; we’re trying to add new things. The smoothies were an addition we did pretty well with this year. I don’t think there’s anything big in the immediate future but we’re always trying to change things."

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Jessica Ward August 13, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Marie and Rob are two of the most generous and hard working people I have ever known. Their support for the RP schools and the community is inspiring! Thanks to them for all they do for our small town!
Jill Longisland August 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM
They may be really nice people, but they need to make better bagels. I found them to be hard, not warm and fresh like in other places. My son bought one to go and had to throw it away because it was stale and hard. I stopped going when I bought a bag and they were hard, obviously out for a while, and the person behind the counter couldn't tell me when fresh ones would be ready. Maybe they need to make smaller batches more often, so the customer gets that warm freshly baked aroma that is associated with a good bagel. Rocky Point resident
LI Mom August 13, 2012 at 03:27 PM
I agree, they may be nice and do much for the community, but their bagels leave a lot to be desired.
Diana August 13, 2012 at 05:46 PM
i agree as well...may be very good people but when we have bought bagels there, they were not fresh at all. big disappointment b/c we would love to support them.
Captain Howard Hawrey August 13, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I was going to try it but I think I'll stick with Better on a Bagel in Miller Place!
Lou Dalessio August 13, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I have never once seen the owners behind the counter. I no longer buy anything at Brooklyn Bagels. The bagels are hard and stale and they prices are outlandish for this area. Go 3 minutes down the road to Miller Place Bagels.

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