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Bruegger's Bagels Open on Crosby Street

Danbury has a new breakfast and lunch spot a half block from Main on Crosby.

Bruegger’s Bagels opened at 33 Crosby St., Thursday, offering a wide selection of bagels, cream cheese spreads and breakfast foods, as well as soup, sandwiches and other lunch foods.

It is next door to Papa John’s Pizza and the downtown dance studio, A Common Ground, a half block from Main Street.

“It’s a step up brand-wise,” said Dan Bertram, of BRT General Corp., which brought the Bruegger franchise to Danbury.

Bertram said he was very happy to see the city and Landlord Joe DaSilva doing work to improve Library Place, which is two blocks south of the new bagel restaurant.

“I embrace anybody putting money into downtown. It will help everybody,” Bertram said.

Brueggers offers six breakfast sandwiches, Green Mountain Coffee, soup and sandwiches for lunch, hot Panini, deli sandwiches, salads and light desserts.

alice April 01, 2011 at 08:56 PM
um, a step up brand wise from what, exactly? they have less than average bagels, average coffee, next to an average fast food pizza place. chains, chains, chains, super average chains! unfortunately, not the way to revitalize a depressed downtown. perhaps you should seek community input next time...
bordwithbs April 02, 2011 at 02:31 PM
Alice, you are a dolt. Bruegger's is a great asset to CityCenter. The bagels are great, the coffee better than Dunkin's and it's a wonderful addition for students, moms, dancers next door and businessfolks to meet and enjoy the spring. People who will come to the Film Festival will have a new "spot" to visit. I hope they don't take your negativity to heart, and enjoy themselves in CityCenter. Alice, get back to the plain vanilla mall where you belong. While Pappa John's may not be to your liking, it is a cool place for a good, inexpensive lunch. And don't forget the new stuff around the corner. The Kebab place is awesome, and very tasty. You will probably not like it because it's too "ethnic" so please stay away and have a Tums ready for anything spicier than Wonderbread. People like you make negativity their homepage. Stay there, please.
kip April 02, 2011 at 11:44 PM
long live nico's!!!!!!!
GreekPrincess80 April 20, 2011 at 06:53 PM
Bordwithbs, WELL SAID!!!
Mark Langlois (Editor) April 21, 2011 at 02:25 AM
Greek Princess80, Your comment forced me to read Bordwithbs's comments, and I enjoyed them. How often do we find the word Dolt in writing? I worked around the corner from 33 Crosby Street from 1987 to 2007, and the building was a mess for most of those 20 years. What I like about Brueggers, Papa John's and Common Ground (a dance studio) is they replaced a blighted building with life. The business owner invested money in two franchises and put them downtown in a blighted space. He lured the Dance studio with his idea of what the completed building would look like. That's what I like. Kip likes Nico's. I love Nico's. Half sausage, half mushroom and the cold antipasto salad. And a beer. And a beer.
Kate Talbott April 21, 2011 at 09:34 PM
I am no fan of chain restaurants, but the changes to 33 Crosby Street are a wonderful improvement. The building looks great and Brueggers and Papa Johns are perfect for the location so close to West Conn and the court house. The dance studio is fantastic, my daugther just started ballet classes there and they offer a wide variety of classes for all ages. This sort of development is exactly what downtown needs, and the local community needs to support it.
NewtownPatchster April 22, 2011 at 02:41 AM
Will Papa John's last? Danbury is becoming a pizza Mecca with Pepe's, Stanziato's, and Laurentano close by. These chain pizza joints are so 80's.
Mark Langlois (Editor) April 22, 2011 at 11:23 AM
It's a good question about it's staying power, although it is across the street from about 116 apartments, and hundreds of college students live within walking distance. The competition is close on the corner of Ives and White and Nico's on Main at Liberty. I like the question. Laurentano's, (Bethel) Stanziato's (Mill Plain Road) and Pepe's (Federal Road) are out of downtown. Do they really compete? Throw in First and Last. Interesting idea, Danbury a Pizza Mecca.
bordwithbs April 22, 2011 at 12:34 PM
Perhaps a "pizza contest" sponsored by CityCenter would be a good idea? How about 1/2 price coupons from the competing restaurants for all the "judges"? What a great way to get more interest in the downtown's cool eating spots!! Maybe Patch can sponsor it!!
Mark Langlois (Editor) April 22, 2011 at 04:11 PM
I like the way you think.
Kate Talbott April 22, 2011 at 05:26 PM
that is an awesome idea.
kip April 22, 2011 at 10:50 PM
i think a pizza crawl is in order
bordwithbs April 23, 2011 at 02:52 AM
C'mon Mark! Organize it!!!
NewtownPatchster April 23, 2011 at 11:21 AM
Yes pizza contest! Let's do it! Or host a "pizza week" event.
kip April 23, 2011 at 01:54 PM
just went there today for the first time. alice you are correct, small bagels, no flavor and clerks acting like salesmen. back to mill plain bagelman i go.
bordwithbs April 23, 2011 at 03:01 PM
kip, your comment on Brugger's makes me think that it's all about size for you!
kip April 23, 2011 at 10:51 PM
i would like something good to eat thats all.
Dave Bonan April 28, 2011 at 05:47 PM
What I have a problem with is they close in the mid-afternoon. Most of the dance classes start then until 9pm. The patio is huge and inviting and I'm sure the parents would love to lounge outside on some furniture, enjoying food.
GreekPrincess80 June 24, 2011 at 08:59 PM
Agreed!!! There is a pizzeria on every corner in Danbury! Stanziatos is awesome though! and so is pepe. I love that the Cheesecake Factory is coming here, Whole Foods and let's see what else. But seriously, enough with the pizzerias! Danbury is full of shopping and food. I wish they would open something different and not only that, but a beautiful place to just walk around and enjoy! Exit 5 can be that. But not just yet I guess....Danbury can be the next Ridgefield or Greenwich if it wanted to or if The Owners started accepting worthy stores in our neighborhoods. Danbury is beautiful and safe and as you can see the economy here is not doing bad at all. Think BIG Danbury! Danbury is tranforming beautifully. But there's still alot of work. And no more pizzerias :)
GreekPrincess80 June 24, 2011 at 09:00 PM
cool idea!
GreekPrincess80 June 24, 2011 at 09:01 PM
Haha! yep.

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