Surfside Bagels Re-Opens
“Everything was destroyed. Refrigerated cases were all knocked over. It looked like the place was ransacked,” is how Tim Keenan described Surfside Bagels when he and co-owner Scott Edwards first came in after Hurricane Sandy’s flood waters pushed through their shop.
On Monday, February 11th, however, Edwards and Keenan, along with friends, family, supporters, guests, customers and media gathered to celebrate Surfside’s ribbon cutting and grand reopening.
Keenan and Edwards, both NYC firemen, opened the bagel shop, located at 95-11 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, on April 21st, 2008.
Said Keenan, “We lost everything (in the storm.) We had no flood insurance on the store.”
Both men credit a contact from FrontStreet Facility Solutions, a nationwide facility management and maintenance company, for starting them on the road to recovery.
“They rebuilt the entire store,” said Keenan.
Surfside also received support from MSNBC’s program ‘Your Business’ and equipment donated by Meals on Wheels of Greenwich, Connecticut.
“If it wasn’t for them, the store would still be vacant, mold would be growing and we’d still be waiting,” said Keenan.
Added Joseph Scaretta, Chief Development Officer for FrontStreet, when their teams were working there, “So many people would ask us, ‘Hey, when are you guys re-opening?’
Customers stopping by were happy and surprised as they stepped into the packed shop and became part of the opening celebration. Many were also interviewed by the media in attendance. The owners and staff served up free coffee and bagels all day long.
“I am just so happy they are back,” said one woman standing at the Q22 bus stop in front of the store.
Surfside’s grand re-opening and operations were also being recorded by a crew from MSNBC. “Your Business” program host JJ Ramberg, along with Edwards, Keenan, Scarpetta and Bob Phillips, President of Meals on Wheels of Greenwich, spoke as part of the ceremony. The Surfside segment will air on Ramberg’s program on Sunday, March 3rd, at 7:30 a.m.
Commenting on the tremendous help they received, Edwards looked out over the crowded gathering and commented “It just goes to prove that there are good people out there.
“Alright, have a bagel!”