MorningSide Bagels, whose cult following has been loxless since the eatery was shut earlier this year, is open again in its original store at 10848 Maumelle Blvd.
Robyn Edwards, who was in marketing for 20 years at Baptist Health and wanted a change, bought the business from Roxane Tackett. (Tackett closed the restaurant after her estranged husband broke in and trashed the place.)
Edwards is offering “all the old favorites”: 16 kinds of bagels, including the time-honored bagel with lox, onions and capers and a shmear, and the bagel dog. She is planning to add egg salad and chicken salad to the menu, and a sandwich she calls the “Nae Nae” (named after her son Nathaniel and not the dance): Canadian bacon, turkey, ham, provolone cheese, a fried egg and an “ever so slight slice of Granny Smith apple.”
Edwards has given the interior a new look she described as having an “industrial farmhouse feel.” She learned how to make bagels — which is not as easy as you might think, she said — from Tackett and said most of the old MorningSide has returned, making the opening smooth. Monday’s opening did the 2nd highest business for a Monday ever, Edwards said.
Hours are 6 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays.