Bob Ammon, a former New York City police officer, had been looking at franchises for two years. He went to a franchising show in Washington D.C., thinking that he was ready to sign on with a barbecue restaurant chain.
It was at the show that Bob first heard about The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. The more he learned, the more he liked the concept, the executive team behind it and the authentic New York food. The idea of opening a barbecue joint no longer appealed to him.
He said to his wife: “We really should visit this restaurant in Delray Beach, Florida.”
During his visit, he met the seasoned and strong executive team behind the company. He spent time in the restaurant, learned about the water treatment system and tasted the food.
“Everything tasted great, from the bagels right down to the ice cubes made of coffee,” Bob said. “We just knew that it would work.”
Many people in Maryland have experienced a New York bagel. They know what makes a good bagel.
It was his meeting with the company founder, chairman and CEO, Steven M. Fassberg, that sealed his decision. He saw his entrepreneurial zeal, his passion for the concept and the product.
“I have that same passion for food and the restaurant business,” Bob said. “I just thought it was contagious. And it just made a lot of sense.”
Bob is the franchisee of The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. restaurant in Pikesville, Maryland. He is also overseeing the development of franchises throughout eastern Maryland.