Siegel’s Bagelmania Gets Big with New Location Adjacent to the Las Vegas Strip
Stephen Siegel has always loved eating at Bagelmania, a beloved Jewish deli that has delighted locals since 1989. But the best-known real estate developer for Siegel Suites had no desire to buy the restaurant.
Then one Sunday he went to pay for his meal and the owners begged him to take over so they could retire. He refused at first, but the idea stuck with him. “I remember being in the shower that night, like, ‘These are such good bagels, maybe I can do something with that,'” Siegel said. “I like to fix things, grow things and build things. So here we are again. “
He bought Bagelmania in 2018 and began to reinvent the brand, eventually abandoning the eastern location near Twain and Swenson for a taller building between the Strip and the Las Vegas Convention Center. (A satellite spot has also opened at Gates A at McCarran Airport.)
Now known as Siegel’s Bagelmania, the 10,000 square foot main restaurant in the former Somerset Mall attracts tourists, locals and conventioneers. A giant bagel sculpture greets hungry diners in the parking lot, and the exterior of the building lists the menu in fun sans serif signage: smoked fish, kosher dogs, corned beef, cocktails, black and white cookies, meatball soup. matzo and, of course, bagels and schmears.
The interior is a take on mid-mod styles and old Vegas nostalgia. Diners can choose between the 200-seat dining room or the deli counter, which also includes offerings from Pinkbox Donuts, another local brand belonging to the Siegel Group.
Siegel and Senior Vice President Michael Crandall overhauled the menu, but didn’t change the recipe for the boiled bagel. “I think we have the best bagel on the west coast,” says Siegel. In July, Weekly readers voted Bagelmania Best Breakfast Spot in its annual Best of Vegas issue.
Faithful to the tradition of the best delicatessens, Bagelmania offers a deliberately large menu requiring several visits to even sample some of the options. The rye bread, cookies, pastries and salads are all homemade. Newbies might consider starting off simple, with one of the indulgent bagelwiches ($ 10 to $ 16). The Hebrew School ($ 16) includes Nova smoked salmon, fried eggs, and hash brown cake. Or they could opt for a classic hot pastrami, egg salad, or a white fish salad sandwich ($ 12 to $ 16). Burgers, hot dogs, soups, salads, shakes and more complete the menu.
In addition to a full bar, Bagelmania has just opened the games. It is planned to gradually increase the hours to include dinner and possibly late at night. And busy as Siegel could take on Pinkbox nationally, he says he hopes to open a few more Bagelmania locations next year.
SIEGEL’S BAGELMANIA 252 Convention Center Drive, 702-369-3322. Every day, 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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