Sorry…what!?

That’s exactly what Ottawa’s Mayor, Jim Watson, did yesterday when he bet New York mayor Bill De Blasio about who was going to win the upcoming playoff series between the Ottawa Senators and the New York Rangers. The Ottawa Citizen reported on the friendly and customary bet between these municipal politicians, yesterday. As per the mayor himself….

Should the Senators prevail in the best-of-seven series, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will wear a Senators jersey, send a whack of bagels up north and plant a maple tree somewhere in Gotham.
If the Rangers win, Watson will send Golden Palace egg rolls to New York City, wear a Rangers jersey and plant a native New York tree somewhere in the city.

So..couple of things to just get out there. We love Golden Palace egg rolls. They’re a great business and they have the best egg rolls in the city, in our opinion. They’re also very popularly served at the Canadian Tire Centre during hockey games. Read more

Facebook has firmly established itself as an important marketing platform for business. We’ve been using it as an important part of our efforts for several years. Worldwide, there are over 1.86 billion monthly active Facebook users (Facebook MAUs) which is a 17 percent increase year over year.  That’s kind of crazy.

This weekend….

This weekend, we hit an important milestone for Kettleman’s on the social network that Mark Zuckerberg built. We hit 30,000 likes and follows!

We didn’t want to hit this mark without providing some interesting stats about who makes up this group, so we created this infographic to give you a glimpse into what makes up this number of bagel lovers and fans of the Montreal style approach to making them.

The breakdown…

First – overwhelmingly – more women like and follow Kettleman’s Bagel Co. on Facebook than men. 64% of our likes and follows come from women compared to 34% of men. Way back in 2010, Forbes pointed out an interesting trend. Read more

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We Have A Nifty New App, Rewards, and Gift Cards!

We recently celebrated being open for a month at our new College Square location, and with it, came the first 30 days of customers using our brand spankin’ new app, courtesy of Spoonity, for both iOS and Android.

As a cash only business for a long period of time, we knew that we needed to provide alternative methods of payments in our stores in a world where the immediate ability to do almost everything from your phone is now the norm. That’s not all, though. Besides the app, we also have new gift cards and a new rewards program that we’ve rolled out. We’re also offering tap enabled debit in both of our stores as well. You can use your regular debit cards in our stores, and if you’ve set them up with Apple Pay or Android Pay, we can take that too. In summary, you can now pay 4 different ways in our stores. Read more

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Ottawa. The capital of Canada and quick food made with premium ingredients. 

The city is sometimes referred to as a sleepy town of government bureaucrats, chain restaurants, and shopping malls that are spanned from one end of the city to the next. We’re known for Parliament hill, the House of Commons, and the Ottawa Senators. The 613 area code evokes the taste of Beavertails for many. However, in the last 10 years, Ottawa has also become a recognized and highly respected fast casual food destination, and frankly, we deserve it. You might be asking yourself what “fast casual” food is. It’s where you can enjoy the speediness of fast-food with the quality of a fine restaurant. For a city of a little over a million people, we bring in almost a million tourists every year, hungry for the wealth of world class museums, shopping, and landmarks that we offer. We think it’s time the fast casual food scene in this city gets its due. Read more

Our Logo Contest…

We’d like to sincerely thank our customers for their honest feedback regarding our logo contest that was launched a few weeks back. We were positively overwhelmed by your enthusiastic and observant responses, and swiftly reminded of how incredible our customers are!

LOGO CONTEST

The overall reaction was that the logos we presented were not representative of who we are and what we mean to the community. With careful consideration to these reactions and reasoning, we fully agree with you!

We’ve decided to regroup with the team to create something better suited to our brand with all your input in mind.

We feel very privileged to have such a loyal group of customers, who not only visit us regularly, but also offer their insights and opinions on our initiatives, and motivate us to work harder.

Thanks, The Kettleman’s Bagel Co Family

We’d also like to announce the winner of the six dozen bagels is Jennifer Comacchio, who in her submission said, “I really enjoy the no-wall policy that is unique to your customer experience. Read more

Kettlemans033For anyone who has ever hosted football games at your house for a season, you know what a big commitment it can be. You have to clean your house, pay your cable bill, and cook a ton of food in order to keep super energetic sports fanatics happy…

When you originally decide to be the football hosts for the season you think “This will be fun!” However, after cooking dinner for 30 hungry people for the 3rd time in one week, the fun kind of fades away.

Kettleman’s Bagel Company is going to share with you, a few tips on how to keep the enthusiasm all season long. Read more

What Do You Recommend?

Kettlemans017Upon visiting a restaurant for the very first time, or maybe even the second and third, there is one thing we always ask the waitress, or the person standing behind the counter…”What do you recommend?” More often than not the server will respond with a general statement such as, “It’s all good.” What is one to do with this answer? After being given this type of response, you are in no way closer to narrowing down your order. Read more

CaptureChoosing to lead a vegetarian lifestyle is a wonderful accomplishment for many men and women. Many people feel healthier, stronger, more physically fit after doing so. However, there is one common struggle that comes along with becoming a vegetarian. It can be difficult to find a restaurant that serves vegetarian foods. Sandwiches have meat on them, salads have meat on them, it often seems like the only way you can stick to your new lifestyle, is by eating at home. Read more

breakfaast bagelKettleman’s Bagel Company has long been known for their deliciously fresh, and traditionally made bagels. Kettleman’s staff can be seen making these bagels fresh, all day, every day, as it is done right before the customer’s eyes. However, there is more to Kettleman’s than just bagels. That’s right, we serve a wide variety of irresistibly good foods that we feel, everyone should try at least once in their lifetime. But to be perfectly honest, after trying it for the first time, you will inevitably be coming back for more. Read more

Best Summertime Foods

Ottawa Sandwiches | Bagel SandwichesAll year round we wish for summer. The one time of year when we don’t have to worry about being ice cold when we leave the house. However, with summer comes the heat.

During this hot time of the year, our taste for food tends to change. We crave foods that are both filling and refreshing. As opposed to other times of the year when we want warm food, and a lot of it, to keep our bodies from freezing!

We are going to share with you a few of our ultimate favorite summertime foods. These will satiate your hunger, and provide you with the energy you need to make it through the day. Read more