Everybody’s crying about the fact that H&H Bagels has closed on the Upper West Side. Not me.
I never liked H&H Bagels. Here are some of the reasons why:
They don’t have enough variety (no multi-grains for example).
They don’t “make” your bagels for you so you can’t run in and order a bagel with light cream cheese, tomatoes, salt and pepper and then eat it in your car or on the subway.
They don’t sell toppings, such as light cream cheese. If you want something like this you have to buy it from the refrigerated cabinets, and good luck finding anything more daring than a hard brick of Philadelphia Cream Cheese (nothing whipped or light — God forbid!).
So many other bagel stores have better bagels, like Murray’s, and Ess-A Bagels, and these stores also make your sandwiches, offer flagels and flats and tons of bagel flavors and other delicious things like lowfat cream cheese and tomatoes or sliced turkey and swiss cheese and serve them up on top of your bagel (even cutting it in half) with a smile (at least sometimes).
So stop crying for H&H. They couldn’t keep up with the times, and what happens when you fall behind? When you’re unwilling to keep up with the Joneses?
You go out of business.
You snooze you lose.