Artz Bagelz, the beloved and shuttered bagel shop that recently staged a comeback with pop-ups and a stand at the Crescent City Farmers Market, has called it quits again.
A post yesterday on the Artz Bagelz Facebook page read that “it is with a heavy heart and great disappointment that Artz Bagelz must discontinue operations at the end of January. Due to certain conditions and personal circumstances beyond our control, we are not able to continue, although we are hoping to find someone who would like to take over the business from us.” The post also said the decision was “extremely distressing to make.”
At one point, Artz Bagelz had two brick-and-mortar shops, one in the CBD and one on Magazine Street in the Irish Channel (now the home of Cloud 9 waffle shop). The Magazine Street location closed suddenly in March 2014, just two months after owners Art and Kim Zacharczyk shuttered the CBD location and told Todd Price they were “going great guns” at the Magazine Street location with hopes to expand again at some point.
At the end of August 2017, fans got an unexpected surprise when the Zacharczyks announced the return of Artz Bagelz as a pop-up. Plans never included another brick-and-mortar, but they did say they would continue to operate as a pop-up as long as it was successful.
Artz Bagelz will make two final visits to the Crescent City Farmers Market: Saturday, January 20 and Saturday, January 27. Owners Art and Kim Zacharczyk will be making extra bagels for these last two markets so that devotees can buy some to freeze.