When Nord Brue and Mike Dressell started Bruegger's in 1983, they actually founded the retail bagel concept. Up until that point, bagels were considered mostly an ethnic food and were not known much outside of New York. At that time, less than one-third of Americans had ever tasted a bagel! From their home base in Burlington, Vermont, Brue and Dressell pioneered a new concept that expanded the traditional bagel bakery into a quick service bakery with premium specialty cream cheeses, custom-made sandwiches, signature soups and exceptional coffee. They worked with a professional bagel baker from New York City for 2 1/2 years to perfect their recipe and baking process. Today, more than 25 years after the first Bruegger's opened in Troy, New York, there are about 300 Bruegger's in 26 states and the District of Columbia, with more on the way! We offer a comprehensive menu of healthy choices for breakfast & lunch. Our menu includes natural, preservative-free bagels, premium cream cheese flavors, 25 breakfast & lunch choices under 500 calories, hand-tossed salads and hearty soups including a daily vegetarian option.