Revitalization of Urban Main Street Storefront BART’S BAGELS

Through a recommendation of a past Main Line Philadelphia restaurant client, Harris was approached by a technology professional wanting to change careers and get into a business he dreamed of owning, a high quality New York bagel making enterprise.

He had studied the art and science of making a high quality bakery and “staged” at a few of the best bagel production businesses in the country. He knew his hometown of Philadelphia did not have the great New York city bagel that he and his family have been so fond of over the years. So, his goal was to fill this gap by making the perfect New York bagel in Philadelphia.

The facility and production capabilities, including a custom-made bagel oven, were the first priority.

Harris, having worked with the Lancaster Avenue Community Development Corporation (PEC-CDC,, was able to access a space that had Federal Grants available for build-out and equipment.


Working with the business owner and his business plans, Eckstut negotiated a long-term lease that included the significant grants for the build-out and equipment purchases.

In December, 2019, Bart’s Bagels 3945 Lancaster Ave in Philadelphia opened to rave reviews with bagel sales that matched the production capabilities of the specifically designed equipment and kitchen facilities.