Fitzwater Street Philly Bagels and Passyunk Avenue Philly Bagels are owned and operated by fifth generation bagel maker, Aaron Wagner. In an effort to provide more Philadelphians with the delicious, quality bagels that he and his family provide at South Street Philly Bagels and Chestnut Street Philly Bagels, Aaron proudly decided that he would expand.
South St Philly Bagels, Inc. opened its doors in the snowstorm of 1996. Working in the bagel business since 1971, Michael Wagner decided to bring the family recipe to Philadelphia. Mike learned how to produce the dough, hand forming each bagel, and baking each bagel from his Brooklyn raised father-in-law, a member of the now dissolved Bagel Bakers Union. The tradition of bagel baking has been going strong for five generations now, continuing a time-honored tradition.