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Artz Bagelz unexpectedly closes 

Much to the surprise and sadness of bagel-loving New Orleanians, Artz Bagelz (3138 Magazine St., 504-309-7557) announced March 5 it is now closed. The restaurant's announcement, which appeared both on a sign posted to the door of its Magazine Street location as well as on its Facebook page and company voicemail, was brief: "It is with deep regret and sorrow that we have to announce that Artz Bagelz has closed permanently. Thank you all so much for enjoying our bagels. It was a pleasure and a privilege to serve you and we will miss you." The note was signed, "Sincerely, The management and staff of Artz Bagelz."

Artz had recently opened a downtown location at 821 Baronne St. last November, which ceased about a month later, as did the company's wholesale business. With the closure of Artz on Magazine, Uptown bagel aficionados have one less bakery to find fresh-baked rounds upon which to heap a pile of scrambled eggs with cheese, or the classic combination of cream cheese, smoked fish, red onions and capers. There are still a number of local bakeries that provide fresh bagels, including Manhattan Jack (4930 Prytania St., 504-897-5551; www.manhattanjack.com) among others.

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