Ultimate Bagels at 1226 State St (next to the Granada) closed their doors on April 13th. The eatery opened in November 2009. Here is a message from owner Alex Weinstein:
As of Friday, April 13th, Ultimate Bagels is closed for business. It has been an unforgettable three years since first signing the sub-lease from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and beginning the journey of Ultimate Bagels. I’m incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to do business in Santa Barbara and I will take away many friendships experiences and lessons.
Since breaking the news first to my staff last week, and then to our customers, many have inquired about the closure and what is in store for me. Due to a myriad of factors, the business model I formulated, going back to my days at UCSB, didn’t come to fruition the way I had hoped. Though disappointed by this particular outcome, I was still able to attain my goal of becoming a welcomed member of this great community. When I started this business it was my intention to not only run a viable business, but to give back and help the community around me as well. I am proud knowing that we have donated thousands of bagels to various food banks, homeless shelters, schools and
organizations since opening.
My journey continues on to San Francisco where I will begin working in May. AlthoughI have loved my time living in Santa Barbara, and especially being a proud business owner, there comes a time for change and new adventures. I may no longer be living in Santa Barbara but its beauty, people, and community will always be in my heart.
Thanks again for the great memories!
All the Best,
Ultimate Bagels, LLC