Landlord casts out D.A.D.’s Bagels in favour of Dollarama expansion, Randhawa says
By Tracey Lindeman, CBC News Posted: Aug 31, 2014 12:42 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 01, 2014 11:01 AM ET
When a Dollarama opened next door to D.A.D.’s Bagels a few years ago, Kashmir Singh Randhawa knew his days were numbered.
“I played the waiting game,” Randhawa said.
Now the waiting is over. His beloved bagel shop is closing today.
He and wife Kuldeep established their Notre-Dame-de-Grâce bagel shop 20 years ago at the corner of Sherbrooke Street West and Wilson Avenue.
They made bagels the old-fashioned way, in a wood-burning oven. Over time, their menu grew to include samosas and other staples of Indian homemade cuisine.
The community around D.A.D.’s Bagels grew as well. Randhawa said he came to be known as a father figure of NDG, with some people even calling him “granddaddy.”
“We’re a family,” he said.
He said he supported the community for many years, donating food to the NDG Food Depot and holding fundraisers for various charitable organizations with a mission he deemed worthwhile. The community responded, and D.A.D.’s Bagels became a neighbourhood institution. Continue reading