Almost exactly a year ago, LAist tipped off the world to the existence of Belle’s Bagels, an underground pop-and-pop bagel shop one-off being run by Nick Schreiber and J.D. Rocchio. The whole temporary brunch party went down in an Eagle Rock backyard and, frankly, looked like a blast.
After that, the bagel trail went dark. Or dim, rather, as the duo planned their next move, all the while refining their product from the safety of a home test kitchen, using organic ingredients and hand-rolling each bagel.
Eventually, the Belle’s brand landed at La Perla Bakery on Figueroa in Highland Park, taking over a slice of the floor space to hand make their bagels to order. Customers could call in three days in advance and pick up the fresh bagels on a weekday between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. But following an increase in demand for same-day product, Schreiber and Rocchio are going to start doing take out service on site.
Beginning this Sunday at 9 a.m., Belle’s Bagels will be operating as a pseudo-pop up inside of La Perla, selling off a few dozen extra bagels they’re preparing for anyone who happens to walk in. The simple options range from plain and sesame to poppy seed and everything, with cream cheese and maybe even some lox available as well. And starting on February 15, the pop-up will go much more permanent, with Belle’s leasing some real estate from the La Perla owners inside the bakery, where they’ll be putting up signage and serving over the counter to one and all.
Belle’s Bagels starts this Sunday and runs Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and on Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon.