Bagel Dock cooking up larger quarters closer to Calabash docks

CALABASH — Sometime this summer, Bagel Dock Café should be ready to move closer to the docks on the Calabash waterfront.

Since bringing their New York style bagel skills to the popular eatery at 10009 Beach Drive three years ago, Long Island transplants Carmine and Margaret Barbaro and their staff have been busy with a steady stream of diners seven days a week.

That’s because customers can’t get enough of the Barbaros’ freshly made bagels and toppings, available in assorted varieties from plain to everything.

They’ve been making bagels for more than 20 years and had two stores on Long Island and one in New Jersey prior to moving south, where they’ve learned their bagels sell as well as they did up North.

“People come from North Myrtle Beach (S.C.) and Wilmington” just to fetch the Barbaros’ daily array of bagels, cream cheeses, salads and sandwiches made with Boar’s Head meats, Carmine said.

Any given day from 6 a.m. until closing time at 3 p.m. (6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays), the Bagel Dock is bustling in tight quarters.

No wonder the café needed a bigger space.

Last year, the Barbaros initiated plans to move the Bagel Dock a little closer to the Calabash waterfront, inside a vacant building that previously housed Billy Bass Seafood restaurant at 1162 River Road, next door to Tony’s Pizza.

Renovations, including adding a new kitchen, are under way at the site, where a new Bagel Dock Café sign has been installed. Tuesday, workers with Carolina Decocrete poured cement for the new 1,400-square-foot addition on the north side of the building, which will double the size of the Bagel Dock’s current building on Beach Drive.

The Barbaros have all their permits and are hoping to relocate the Bagel Dock in another couple of months.

“We’re just waiting like everybody else,” Margaret said.

At the new location, the Bagel Dock’s seating capacity will also double, from 25 seats at its current site to 50 or more at the new one.

In addition to securing all the proper permits, Carmine said it’s taken awhile to get all the contractors in place — “the right people with the right prices” — for the future Bagel Dock site.

“Now we’ve just got to get everything done,” he said. “It seems to be moving along. The town seems to be cooperating with permitting and inspections.”

The building is going to be new inside and out, he said, with new floors, walls, ceiling, HVAC system and handicapped-accessible restrooms.

He acknowledges one of the best factors in their need for larger space is “people love my bagels,” including his renowned Asiago bagels.

Another bonus with the new site is once customers have indulged, they’ll be able to access the Calabash waterfront and go for a walk, Carmine said.

“They can actually eat and walk it off,” he said.


Laura Lewis is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or llewis@brunswickbeacon.com.