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Rooted in family

Current owner Joe Morena and his three sons Vincenzo, Nicolò, and Roberto believe St-Viateur Bagel’s success owes a lot to their loyal and dedicated employees, many of whom have been hand-rolling bagels for over 25 years, and are an important part of the bagel-making family.

Like their fathers, the Morena boys have been in the bagel business since their early teens and proudly uphold the traditions passed on to them. They remain dedicated to this historic landmark and to the customers it serves, as well as to preserving Montreal’s cherished bagel tradition into the years to come.

St-Viateur Bagel has been baking its famous bagels for over 60 years and is proud to be the longest running bagel shop in Montreal.

60 years of tradition

The full story

From Poland to Montreal

St-Viateur Bagel Shop founder Myer Lewkowicz

In 1953, when Myer Lewkowicz arrived in Canada, he didn’t know the first thing about baking anything, let alone bagels. He’d grown up in a large, poor family in a Jewish shtetl or village near Krakow, Poland. In 1942, he was arrested by the Gestapo and sent to Buchenwald concentration camp. Years later, while speaking to a high school class, Lewkowicz said, “At Buchenwald, all I dreamt of was a piece of bread.”

Lewkowicz lived and worked in Germany after the war until he was discovered by Jewish Immigration Aid Services of Canada in 1952. He came to Montreal, where he got a job at Hyman Seligman’s Montreal Bagel Bakery on St-Laurent. Lewkowicz learned the bagel trade and just five years later, Myer and his wife Emma set up their own shop with Seligman on St-Viateur street, which is now our landmark St-Viateur Bagel shop.

New Ownership

St-Viateur Bagel Shop new owner Joe Morena

Joe Morena was only fifteen when he started work at the Bagel Shop. He knew Myer Lewkowicz from delivering milk to his house every weekend. Morena’s cousin worked around the corner from the bagel shop and convinced him to apply for a job. Lewkowicz said, “Hey Yosel!”—the Yiddish name for Joe—and hired him to start that night. Serving so many older Jewish customers, Morena even learned to speak Yiddish. In 1974, he became joint owner of the business with Lewkowicz. The two worked as partners until Lewkowicz’s death in 1994. Then Joe Morena partnered with Marco Sblano to continue the St-Viateur Bagel tradition.

Growing and Giving Back

St-Viateur Bagel Shop owners Joe Morena and Marco Sblano

St-Viateur Bagel is a family owned and operated business. Over the past 60 years, we have grown to include 8 bakeries, 4 of which are Bagel Cafés.

St-Viateur Bagel has been featured in newspapers and TV shows on Food Network and the Travel Channel, like Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations and The Layover, Bob Blumer’s Glutton for Punishment, and The Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. Thousands of customers have visited the Bagel Shop, from native Montrealers to international tourists and celebrities—like local repeat customers Leonard Cohen, William Shatner, Céline Dion, Georges St-Pierre, Roberto Luongo, and Mordecai Richler, and also famous out-of-towners like Harvey Keitel, James Woods, Kelly Ripa, and Jimmy Kimmel.

Despite this continent-wide recognition, St-Viateur Bagel remains firmly rooted in its local community, determined to give back to the Montreal neighbourhoods that have supported them for so long.

St-Viateur Bagel hosts an annual charity breakfast at its Monkland location to raise funds for the Generations Foundation, an organization that provides nutritious meals to schoolchildren. To mark major anniversaries, St-Viateur Bagel has hosted epic community block parties. In 2007 when celebrating its landmark 50th anniversary, the bakery raised upwards of $50,000 for the Foundation of Stars. A decade later, they broke all previous records and, together with the support of so many suppliers, friends, families and volunteers, raised over $60,000 benefiting the Foundation of Stars, an important organization that supports pediatric research in Québec.

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