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New York-style bagel shop, deli headed for Bradenton

A sign advertising Uncle Nick’s New York Style Deli is seen at the future location on Manatee Avenue on Tuesday in Bradenton.
A sign advertising Uncle Nick’s New York Style Deli is seen at the future location on Manatee Avenue on Tuesday in Bradenton.

Bagel fans, rejoice: New York-style bagels and subs will soon be available off of Manatee Avenue.

Uncle Nick’s New York Bagels, Subs & Deli started alterations on the future shop in the Pebble Springs Plaza, 5917 Manatee Ave. W., next to Bella Mia Pizza. Sam DeBellis, son of owner Ken DeBellis, said they hope to open in Bradenton by March.

The DeBellis family, made up of the father-son team and Sam DeBellis’ cousin Nick DeBellis Jr., is also working on a third Uncle Nick’s location in Lakeland. The first Lakeland location, 6955 Old Highway 37, opened about a year and a half ago.

For the DeBellises, choosing Bradenton to open a location was easy because Nick DeBellis lives in the area part-time. And, any number of Bradenton’s seasonal residents from the Northeast and visitors will agree that it needs a quality bagel shop.

“There’s nothing like this in Bradenton,” Sam DeBellis said. “We want to bring a little bit of New York to Bradenton.”

The Uncle Nick’s name was inspired by Nick DeBellis Jr.’s father, who began working in the food industry at age 14 and ran a deli business in New York for 25 years. The DeBellis family continued the tradition after Uncle Nick died and operated delis in upstate New York for years before deciding to move to Florida five years ago.

While some contend that a bagel must be made with New York water to taste like an authentic New York bagel, Sam DeBellis said Uncle Nick’s debunks that myth. It’s all in the process.

“You have to use the right baking process and ingredients,” he said. The shop uses a steam convection oven to get the bread ringlets to “look and taste like a real New York bagel.”

Each batch takes roughly 13 to 15 minutes. Uncle Nick’s offers 21 varieties of bagels as well as a selection of bagel sandwiches, deli subs, salads, soups, burgers and classic Italian dishes like chicken parmigiana. Breakfast selections are served all day and Uncle Nick’s also provides catering services.

The Pebble Springs Plaza at 5917 Manatee Avenue West is also home to Painting With a Twist, Golden Wok, Basil’s Flame Broiled Chicken & Ribs, Manatee Shoe Repair & Alterations, Blu Water Style Studio and Bella Danza Dance & Ballroom Academy, among others.

The 29,600 square-foot shopping center is owned by Delorden II Limited, an affiliate of Dallas-based TY Commercial Group, a company specializing in property acquisition, sales, leasing and property management in Texas and Florida. Delorden purchased the property in June 2002 for $1.8 million from Dennis Ming Tsang, according to Manatee County property records.

For a preview of what’s to come at Uncle Nick’s, visit

Janelle O’Dea: 941-745-7095, @jayohday

Lakeland Uncle Nick’s Bagels, Subs & Deli locations

  • 6955 Old Highway 37, Lakeland
  • 1755 E Edgewood Dr., Lakeland

For more information on Uncle Nick’s, visit