Bagel business in Steamboat Springs has new owners |

Bagel business in Steamboat Springs has new owners

The Colorado Bagel Co. & Deli was recently purchased by Julia and Mark Goldman.
John F. Russell

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the business hours. 

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Customers entering the Colorado Bagel Co. & Deli in Steamboat Springs on Tuesday were greeted by the familiar smell of freshly baked bagels and the warm and inviting smile of new owner Julia Goldman, who was working behind the counter.

“People really love this place for what it is, and we don’t want to change that,” Goldman said.

She will be running the business in Central Park Plaza with help from her husband, Mark, who owns Formaticum, a company that imports cheese storage packaging. 

The couple purchased the bagel business from Jeff Puffett in mid-April. Puffett owned the Colorado Bagel Co. for 15 years, and the Goldmans become the business’ fourth owners.

After the sale closed, the Goldmans shut down the business for 10 days to give it a fresh coat of paint and update the interior. The business re-opened last week.

“We might be adding some things, but we don’t want to take things away,” Julia Goldman said. 

They will continue to offer a selection of breakfast sandwiches. Customers will be given the option to create their own bagel sandwiches with deli meats like turkey, pastrami, tuna, ham and roast beef. There is also an option for Thai chicken and chicken salad as well as bacon, lettuce and tomato.

Customers can also pick from 18 different types of bagels like cinnamon raisin, jalapeno cheddar and Julia Goldman’s favorite, Asiago black pepper. When it comes to topping those bagels, there is a long list of custom spreads, including hummus, olive and pimento, maple walnut, honey vanilla and strawberry, to name a few.

“We do homemade cream cheese,” Julia Goldman said.

The Colorado Bagel Co. has been in Steamboat Springs for 24 years, and many of the longtime staff members, including one baker who has been on staff for 20 years, are staying with the company.

“They’ve done it properly here since the first owner,” Mark Goldman said. “The secret to getting good flavor in the bagel is letting the dough ferment. We make the dough the day before, and it sits overnight. Then, we boil it and bake it the next day. We don’t take any shortcuts here.”

The Colorado Bagel Co. & Deli, 1815 Central Park Drive, is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Bagel Co. closes at 3 p.m. on Sunday and also offers catering.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.

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