Lil's Bagels is a spunky little bagel shop with a whole lot of chutzpah in Covington. Since opening their brick-and-mortar in January 2018, the eatery has offered their bagels and other bites through their walk-up "windough." But after a recent fundraiser and a whole lot of community support, the bagel spot has taken the party inside with a cafe and bar.
Officially opened Feb. 11, the indoor cafe seats more than 20 visitors "and is an amazing place for Lil’s lovers to eat, meet, create or chill and watch our gold-framed TV that is always showing throwback sitcoms or cartoons," says owner Julia Keister in an email.
In addition to their regular menu of bagels, sandwiches, salads, sweets and soups, the indoor space also offers a deli case where visitors can buy spreads, salads and pickles in larger quantities in addition to rotating innovative creations.
They also now serve a variety of boozy brunch beverages including mimosas and their signature Bloody Mariah with pickled beet juice, topped with pickles and pastrami jerky, plus beer and wine.
The inside space brings together work by local artists like Solid Furniture, Chase Melendez, frameshop and muralist Danny Gable, who has created a wall-sized portrait of Lil, Keister’s grandmother, in the restaurant.
Lil's Bagels is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, but have plans to feature a happy hour in the coming spring season. In addition to their daily hours, Lil's also hosts events like their monthly Pizza Bagel Friheeeey, which is the final Friday of every month, as well as drink and draw events, live music nights and a flash tattoo day.
"We are so happy to finally be able to open Lil’s doors, and could not have done it without all of support from the local community. We truly see Lil’s as a community-owned space, and hope everyone uses it as an extension of their own dining room," says Keister.
Lil's Bagels, 308 Greenup St., Covington.