Toasted in East Meadow plans to release Bagelry brand


EAST MEADOW, NY – Promoted in its website URL as a maker of “gourmet bagels,” Toasted in East Meadow is a potential flagship store for a brand that owners are looking to spread far and wide.

Wael Zahran, Abdelrahman Mufit and Omar Salama converted the old Dunkin Donuts, at 2295 Hempstead Tpke., Into their first store which opened in August.

“And it won’t be the last; we have a bigger vision to make it a chain,” said manager Sherif Marwan, who revealed plans to open more stores from Long Island to Connecticut via the Texas, possibly from 2022.

Open from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Toasted bakes fresh bagels every hour and offers more than 15 varieties, including sunflower seeds and whole wheat blueberries, as well as a dozen cream cheese spreads. ranging from nature to confetti, Nutella and Oreo.

Breakfast includes egg sandwiches, including the poetically named “Wakey Wakey Eggs & Bakey” which features three eggs, bacon, turkey sausage and cheese on a flagellum. The “Power Wrap” comes with three egg whites, grilled chicken, spinach and mozzarella. Customers with a less adventurous palate can also order steel cut Irish oatmeal.

Lunch options include everything from Mexican, Greek, and California-inspired burgers to banana, coconut, and granola bowls and traditional Boar’s Head cold cut sandwiches. One of the specialty sandwiches is “London Fog”, made with honey and maple turkey with melted muenster, bacon, lettuce and tomato on a whole wheat bun. The store also serves paninis, quesadillas, soups and a variety of house salads, chopped and prepared.

“We are looking to add more hot food options for lunch,” said Walid Heikal, another store manager.

The spacious dining room has half a dozen tables, a long counter, and a large flat-screen TV. So far, regular customers include employees from the nearby University of Nassau Medical Center and students and staff from East Meadow High School.

Marwan said the owners wanted to open their first store near or in a shopping area in central Long Island.

“They were looking for the right place and the right place, and a good community with nice people,” he said.


Chris B. Hall