Posted: 12:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013

BUSINESS PROFILE: KETTERING

Bagel Cafe features new owners, variety of offerings



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Chris Schlorman takes an order at the Bagel Cafe in Kettering.

By Sandy Baer

Contributing Writer

KETTERING —

A March ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the new ownership, expanded services and remodeling of the Bagel Café, 4001 Far Hills Ave.

Co-owners Chris and Melissa Schlorman, of Kettering, offer a menu that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner items. The couple has 15 employees, a necessary number in order to prepare the fresh food that is made daily in their own kitchen. In addition to the 25 different flavored bagels made from scratch, the restaurant also offers a full breakfast line including eggs and pancakes that is served throughout the day.

During the remodeling of the shop, Chris Schlorman moved away from the concept of booths and created intimate seating areas around a welcoming fireplace emitting warm air. He also increased the available lighting by moving furniture away from the large windows. A small stage set off to the side is used for live Friday night entertainment including jazz bands, vocalists and instrumentalists.

“I like the family environment, so I want everyone to feel like they are my guests,” said Schlorman, who enjoys greeting customers by name. “An unexpected consequence of welcoming everyone is that I have all these nice people coming in and I have an opportunity to get to know them.”

What makes the business stand out: Chris Schlorman enjoys having students of all ages frequenting the shop. He even has a popular deli sandwich called The Tahaa named after a University of Dayton student, who requested a variation of a Mexican deli sandwich that substituted turkey for the spicy chorizo.

Schlorman is a Beavercreek High School graduate and trained epidemiologist who worked for Montgomery County before becoming a small business owner. He brings a focus on cleanliness and adherence to food codes that he knows “forwards and backwards” to the business.

The menu includes Boarshead meats and a full coffee bar that utilizes Boston Stoker coffee products.

How the business started: Schlorman’s son, Christian, a University of Cincinnati student, spent his high school years working at the Bagel Café, before it belonged to his parents. When his father learned that the shop was for sale, he jumped at the opportunity.

Customer comment: “People like to come here, because they have good food, good service and good company,” said George Ryan, of Perry Twp., a repeat customer who is retired from the Montgomery County Sheriff Department. “It’s a very friendly atmosphere. I come here regularly to have good bagels and conversation with friends.”

Hours: Mon.–Fri., 6 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sat. 6 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Sun. 7 a.m.–5 p.m.

Contact information: (937) 298-5090; www.bagelcafedeli.com

 
 

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