Dave’s Bagels is an area meals stand that has been round for nearly two years and is bringing a brand new taste to the boiled dough concoctions. David Waun, co-founder, mentioned the stand focuses on grilled bagels with a wide range of toppings and specialty choices.
David Waun mentioned he and his spouse thought in regards to the thought of doing a bagel stand for some time, however what actually drove the thought dwelling was the retirement of Winston’s Bagels proprietor Winston Mezo.
He was often known as the Bagel Man and had a big impact on the Carbondale neighborhood. Seeing how a lot the neighborhood cherished Winton’s Bagels, made Waun wish to convey that again to Carbondale.
“We needed one thing that was a cart in order that prospects might see their meals or sandwiches being cooked proper there in entrance of them,” Waun mentioned. “We might have the ability to socialize with them and while you’re in a trailer, you’re not likely ready to do this, for my part, and so we knew that we needed to do one thing easy and one thing small.”
Waun mentioned having the ability to have an surroundings the place he and his spouse can work together with prospects is a giant a part of why prospects come again.
He mentioned relating to deciding what occasions they go to, worth performs a giant issue.
“Carbondale fortunately has simply completed away with that charge and has completed away with a few their guidelines and rules to make it a little bit bit simpler for meals distributors. However some cities, and the whole lot, cost and, simply as an illustration, Vienna, the town of Vienna has $300 a 12 months [fee] to have the ability to arrange of their neighborhood,” Waun mentioned.
He mentioned the charges meals distributors must pay to arrange their stand are essential to be part of the meals vendor enterprise.
Melissa Waun, co-founder and David’s spouse, mentioned it took loads of trial and error to give you bagel toppings.
“We truly began doing pattern bagels and stuff right here on the home and grilling them and making an attempt to determine grills and issues like that,” Melissa Waun mentioned. “We sampled [them] on all of our associates and our neighbors and members of the family helped us so far as recipes and issues that might style good and the names of issues for the menu.”
She mentioned, whereas they’ve been round for nearly two years, they’re nonetheless studying as they go alongside.
“We now have arrange within the rain earlier than. It could or could not even be worthwhile as a result of we’ve arrange within the rain earlier than, [at] one of many wineries and we anticipated it to be a big crowd and there was no one there. We actually bought no bagels that day, so we’re dwelling and studying,” Melissa Waun mentioned.
In keeping with David Waun, he enjoys having the ability to do occasions at Southern Illinois College and is glad to attempt to reside as much as Winston’s identify.
“We’ll have so many college students that come up and so they’ll be, like, ‘my mother or dad got here to SIU and so they mentioned I wanted to seek out the bagel man.’ Clearly they’re speaking about Winston. However with me being the following factor since Winston is retired. It’s superior to listen to that,” David Waun mentioned.
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