Hank’s Bagels, the surprise Valley hit that opened late last year in Burbank, is now eyeing a second location in nearby Sherman Oaks. The restaurant quietly opened towards the end of November as a mostly takeaway spot for hand-rolled bagels served with schmear or as sandwiches, and now owner Trevor Faris (formerly of the Artisanal Brewers Collective group) tells Eater he’s growing the company in order to keep up with demand.
The new address is 13545 Ventura Boulevard, at the BLVD Kitchen location immediately next door to Boneyard Bistro. And while Faris and his team won’t officially take occupancy of the space until next month, the plan is to get up and running, baking lots of new bagels, as quickly as possible. Eventually the location will serve as a fully-outfitted second location of Hank’s, complete with seating and possible new menu items — including house-smoked meats — down the line, but for now expect a lot of production and takeaway only.
Despite being less than one year old, Hank’s has already cemented itself in the Los Angeles bagel conversation. Valley dwellers frequently packed the place even before the pandemic, and now it’s not unusual for the restaurant to completely run out of daily inventory by 11 a.m. on weekends — just like lots of other bagel favorites around town like the Yeastie Boys trucks and Belle’s in Highland Park. The current Burbank space is a scant 600 square feet, with the Sherman Oaks location (which will still be mostly taken up by production needs) sits at 3,000 square feet. Hank’s fans should start to see an increase in production within a month or so, and Sherman Oaks residents can plan on picking up more localized bagels not long after that.