Here’s some good news for bagel lovers in Brooklyn. A legendary Kosher bakery that was slated to close has been saved by two Muslim cabbies who bought the business and say they’ll keep it Kosher.
Coney Island Bialys and Bagels has been around since 1920 when it was founded by Morris Rosenzweig, a Jewish immigrant from Poland. But, in recent years, the business has fallen off as many Jewish residents have moved out of the area.
Just when it looked like the shop would close, the two cabbies — Zafaryab Ali and Peerzadab Shah — who had their first bagels at the shop when they immigrated to the United States, bought the place.
Harold Weinberg says he’s been a customer for 41 years and could not be happier.
“It’s just great. I love this place,” Weinberg told PIX11 News. “I always come here, my sister picks up bagels for her office everyday. It’s wonderful.”
Weinberg says he doesn’t have a problem with Muslims owning his favorite Kosher bakery.
Owner Zafaryab Ali says he worked 12-hour shifts driving a yellow cab seven days a week from 5 p.m. until 5 a.m. until he and his partner pooled their cash and bought the shop.
Ali says with a broad smile, “I am happy, this is good!”