Bagel Shop 'Schmears' the Competition: Santino Salutes A&S of Franklin Square as Nation's Top Bagel Shop

Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, Councilman Ed Ambrosino, Councilman Bruce Blakeman, Assemblyman Ed Ra, representatives from the Franklin Square Chamber of Commerce and the Franklin Square & Munson Fire Department and neighbors “noshed” at A&S Bagels today to celebrate the popular shop’s distinction as a top bagel producer in the country. Also present were Hempstead Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad and Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin.

Santino, Ambrosino and Blakeman presented Antonio Scolieri of A&S with a giant “5-foot bagel” to commemorate the achievement, along with an official Hempstead Town citation. The bagel shop was listed among the best 20 bagelrys in the country within a recent article published by MSN.com. The distinction as a top bagel shop attracted attention in national and local media.

 “This popular 24-hour, 7-day-a-week operation is a favorite of many across the Town of Hempstead and Long Island for its delicious old-fashioned, kettle boiled and baked bagels,” Santino said. “Being named as one of our country’s top bagel shops is quite an achievement and we’re proud to have this famous business in our township.”

“Though it has received national accolades, A&S has and always will be a staple of Franklin Square and surrounding communities,” Ambrosino said. “No matter where you go in our township, A&S Bagels is beloved and now it is getting well-deserved praise on a national stage,” Blakeman added.

A&S Bagels, located at 761 Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square, is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The shop serves more than 20 varieties of bagels, an assortment of baked goods, signature sandwiches and a variety of cream cheese spreads, salads, coffees and much more. A&S is also a national distributor of its kettle-boiled, baked bagels, whether they are fresh, frozen, cooked or uncooked.

“As a lifetime Franklin Square resident, I know what A&S Bagels means to this community,” Ra said. “While making its presence known across our state and nation as a wholesale distributor of its fine products, A&S is always ‘giving back’ to the community and supporting worthy local causes.”

“Congratulations to the entire staff of A&S Bagels for this amazing achievement,” Santino said. “They certainly ‘schmeared’ the competition, and we look forward to this business serving our community for generations to come.”