Nick Morena and his brothers were born into the bagel business. Their father, Joe Morena, worked at and eventually became the owner of Saint-Viateur Bagel, a 24/7 mainstay of Montreal’s food scene for decades. From its original location in Montreal’s Mile End district, the Saint Viateur Bagel brand has spread throughout the city, with retail sales in various stores, and the opening of several successful Saint Viateur Bagel Café locations. In this far-ranging interview, Nick discusses the origins of the Montreal bagel, the challenges and rewards of working in a family businesses, and the challenges and rewards of running a commercial enterprise in Montreal.
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