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Katonah Bagel Shoppe Closing After 16 Years

Owner Tom Leggio said he wasn't able to negotiate a lease that worked for him.

For the past few years, business owner Tom Leggio has risen at 3:30 a.m. each morning, driven from his Mahopac home and arrived at The Bagel Shoppe in Katonah in time to make fresh bagels and open the store by 5:30 a.m.

Though the shop has been open for the past 16 years in the Katonah Avenue shopping plaza, Leggio employed someone to help him open the store.  When the economy soured, he had to let that employee go.

Now he's closing his doors for good because he said he was unable to re-negotiate a lease he found palatable. At $6,000 a month in rent for the 1,300 square-foot space, he said he just can't stay.

"I love this community, and they've been great to us—we're going to miss them," said Leggio on Tuesday.

Leggio said he owns some land in the Mahopac / Baldwin Place area, and is currently trying to get town approvals for opening a new country market and deli/bakery there.

A call to Firestein Management, which owns the Katonah Shopping Center, was not immediately returned; Patch was not able to confirm what type of business is filling the space at 280 Katonah Avenue. Leggio believed it to be another bagel/bakery.

He posted a sign both on the front door and on the front counter of his shop to let his customers know that the last day of the store's operation will be November 21.

"It's going to be a sad day," he said.

Tom Dieck November 14, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Sorry to hear that Tom is leaving. Cold cuts and bagels on sunday after church is going to be missed.
Mom of 4 November 14, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Oh, nooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! :*(((((
Peter Sattler November 14, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Love your Bagel shop! Come to Bedford Hills!!!
Daniel S November 14, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I'v been going there every Saturday / Sunday morning (and sometimes during the week) to get my breakfast. It's a shame that management won't negotiate an acceptable lease. Gonna miss you guys...especially your Chicken Salad...best around. Has more chicken that celery (which is what I like), unlike other places where it's mostly celery & other junk.
Laura Beth Kerr Gilman November 14, 2012 at 11:43 PM
I love the chicken salad too! :-( Not happy Tom is closing. I'll miss the whole gang (especially Ronnie at the grill).
Bradsell Painting & Carpentry November 15, 2012 at 07:42 PM
This is so sad. Why are rents going up when income is not? Sadly putting a longtime community bagel shop out of business. Local people and companies like this are what are going to keep us all going in these challenging times.
Love Westchester November 17, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Maybe if this bagel shop would have kept up with the times and accepted credit and debit cards, and not be a cash only business, in the 21st century -- it would still be in business. Many a times I forgot to take cash with me on a morning bagel run , but since this business did not accept credit/debit cards I had to drive down to bagel store in bedford hills. A 3 to 5 % credit card per transaction fee is better than having to close down. While the rent may be the issue, I am sure that this had some impact on the business and the income it generated.
S. Scott March 11, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Boo Hoo!!! DON'T GO!!! You guys are the only place around that make super fresh heart-shaped and shamrock-shaped bagels! And yes, yoru chicken salad is tops - bar none.

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