“People who love bagels,” said Brittany Erwin, “are determined.”
For those of us who wring our hands every weekend (or every Monday morning after a long weekend), when getting a good breakfast bagel turns out to be an elusive task, the former Chef of Cooks Tavern is determined to solve our dilemma with B’s Bagels & Butters, where barley malt boiled bagels will reign supreme.
Its next store, due in early 2022, will replace the shuttered Better Eats café adjacent to Better. Gym at 3308 Uddenberg Lane in Gig Harbor, located just south of Hop Pharm, a new valve room from the owners of Harbor Health and Apothecary.
“For me, it’s not a bakery; it is not a delicatessen; it is not a restaurant; it is not a cafe. But it’s a little piece of all of those things, ”Erwin said. “Doing everything really well is what is important to me.
Although originally from New England, where she worked in a bagel store in Rhode Island while at college, Erwin doesn’t want to classify B’s Bagels as a singular style. She started with a recipe from the Culinary Institute of America, refined over several years in her home kitchen, sharing bagels with friends and neighbors and truly “anyone who’s been willing to try bagels.”
After five years at Cooks, Erwin left last September, in part due to pandemic exhaustion. “What almost held me back and kept me from breaking up was the creativity and this communication with the guests,” she said, adding that her post-Cooks plan still involved opening her own. place.
“I knew it would be my own thing,” she said in early November, “but really make sense of what made sense, what I wanted to do and would appreciate – and made sense in this climate. restaurant. “
She launched an Instagram account for B’s Bagels & Butters in April, posing as a 16-year restaurant industry veteran with a “giant Thomas-shaped hole in my soul.” There, she hung perfectly framed photos of her left hand holding bagel after bagel, sharing details of her research and development.
“People love or hate spinach bagels. I’m in the love category, ”she wrote in May, a neon green bagel in tow.
She thought the concept would land in Tacoma, where she has lived and worked for several years, but it turns out the owners get better. gym were friends, and had since closed their health cafe. Erwin’s husband is also a Gig Harbor Police Officer, and she has worked in the area with Warrior PATHH, an immersive program that helps veterans and first responders develop new skills for a sustainable future.
B’s Bagels will feature “all the classics,” she said, including seeds, salt, eggs and everything, the latter with her own twist that she calls the “uh-oh all bagel”. Rather than just coating the top exterior with the irresistible blend of black and white sesame seeds, dried and minced garlic and onion, flaky salt and poppy seeds, Erwin incorporates the seasoning into the batter. “That way you have that crunch and flavor throughout the bagel,” she explained.
There will be lox made from locally sourced salmon; seafood salad, a regular sight at North East Coast delicatessens; bacon or sausage, egg and cheese; six everyday schmears plus seasonal catches, including those made from goat cheese; etc. Bluebeard Coffee has already signed up as an exclusive roasting partner.
For those of us across the Narrows, Erwin plans to offer online ordering and regular pickups at a designated location in Tacoma, likely at a cafe that buys B’s Bagels.
“My goal from the start has been to wholesale to small coffee stands,” she said. “Every coffee stand you go to uses Seattle Bagel Co. We really want to support the local.”
B’S BAGELS & BUTTERS
▪ 3308 Uddenberg Ln, Gig Harbor, no phone yet, instagram.com/bsbagelsnbutters
▪ Details: bagels with schmears and homemade butters, more sandwiches from a small storefront next door the better. gym; opening target early 2022, follow Instagram for updates