242
242
7

Save Bagel Fragel

$11,833 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 238 people in 3 months
Created November 15, 2018

We need your help to Save Bagel Fragel 

#SaveBagelFragel #BagelFragel #Fragel #AnnArbor


On Oct. 29th, 2018, Patricia and Michael Rockette, the owners of MD Bagel Fragel  at 1760 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI, received a FedExed letter from their new landlord that they had 2 days to move out. After some discussion with the new landlord's lawyer, they were given one more month at more than double the rent.

They received an outpouring of support when a long time customer shared our story this week:

End of the fragel? Ann Arbor's MD Bagel Fragel given short notice to close shop 

They are so grateful and humbled by the emails, calls, visits and support on social media by the Ann Arbor Community. Due to all the support, they were able to get their lease extended until December 30th. 

Amid community uproar, MD Bagel Fragel gets extension to stay open until Dec. 30 

While they are still paying more than double the rent, they now have a little more time and thankfully, will not be closing their doors on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. 

So just who are we? We represent the Ann Arbor community rallying around the Rockette family to raise $40,000 to help pay for 50% of the build out for a new location. They are in discussions with a property owner on the Northeast Side of Ann Arbor but no decisions have been made as of today, 11/15/18.

In addition to helping raise funds, we are looking for the good people of Ann Arbor to reach out to their network to help find a new location and a contractor that maybe able to work a Christmas miracle for them. Please email them at: mdbagelfragel@aol.com if you know anyone who can help. 

If the Rockettes are not successful in finding a new loction they will be closing down MD Bagel Fragel on Dec. 20th for good. We will refund all contributions if that is the case and will mourn the loss of an Ann Arbor institution. 

34571022_1542330195466213_r.jpeg

+ Read More
Whenever I drive by the closed Bagel Fragel store and see no work being done, I wonder why the new landlords were in such a hurry to get the Rockette family out. It was a challenge for them to find the right movers to store their equipment on such short notice but they did it! They were able to move and store their oven, walk in freezer and fridge. Your donations helped to off set their costs of over $20k to move their belongings out of the store. They are in active discussions and negotiations on a new location. Things seem to move at a snail's pace in real estate but they are hopeful. Patricia is just worried that she won't have any customers coming back by the time they are able to open. I told her we would be thrilled to be able to buy her bagels and fragels again! They would be doing us a huge service. Thanks again for your support.
+ Read More
The Rockette family closed MD Bagel Fragel at their current location on Thursday 12/20. They had people lined up at 5am and gave out their last fragel at 11am. They are working on moving all their equipment to a storage facility and in negotiations on a new location. They would like to share their gratitude and appreciation for you all. We will keep you posted on their new location here, on their website and on their social media sites. We are all still very hopeful that they will find a new location and start feeding us bagels and fragels again in early spring. Thank you and happy holidays!
+ Read More
Patricia would like to thank you all for the support! She wanted me to share a story with you. This morning, she had a long time customer come into the store at 5:30am and order 5 dozen bagels to freeze. He wanted to make sure he had a supply before Dec. 20th. That's the day that Bagel Fragel will closed at the current location. She is hopeful that she will have some good news in the upcoming weeks. Either way, she is planning on throwing a big party at her current location on Dec. 20th to either celebrate her new location or go out celebrating our community and support. It means the world to her and her family. Thanks to Meredith ( https://www.clickondetroit.com/author/mbruckner) for sharing the story about the community coming together to help save Bagel Frage: https://www.clickondetroit.com/all-about-ann-arbor/eats/ann-arbor-locals-launch-gofundme-campaign-to-help-md-bagel-fragel?fbclid=IwAR1ef1Bd3Yan1Uh_CN2zK00M27DNEChU1Re3Y-98tkdYHMSInbEtHquBIUA
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update

$11,833 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 238 people in 3 months
Created November 15, 2018
Your share could be bringing in donations. Sign in to track your impact.
   Connect
We will never post without your permission.
In the future, we'll let you know if your sharing brings in any donations.
We weren't able to connect your Facebook account. Please try again later.
CS
$25
Carol Seidl
29 days ago
$50
Caroline Gambale-Dirkes
29 days ago
LC
$25
Lindsay Cannon
1 month ago
RO
$100
Ronald Oblander
1 month ago
$25
Anonymous
1 month ago
$25
Anonymous
1 month ago
$50
Anonymous
1 month ago
PM
$25
Patrice Mann
1 month ago
$20
Richard Kenneth Carter
1 month ago
ZZ
$50
Zena Zumeta
2 months ago
or
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.