Former Kirsh Bakery & Kitchen Space Leased to New Restaurant

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The Granola Bar, a “lively yet unpretentious” cafe and restaurant with locations in upstate New York and southern Connecticut, is expanding to Manhattan with an Upper West Side eatery. Thanks to @travelwithbrandon for the tip and photo.


The Granola Bar’s first NYC location will open in December at 551 Amsterdam Avenue (at 87th St.), which formerly housed Kirsh Bakery and Kitchen before it mysteriously closed about a year ago.

The establishment bills itself as a “day-to-night cafe and restaurant offering an elevated vision of comfort food for good mornings and better nights.” The menu will offer everything from wraps and salads to granola, baked goods, pasta and even cocktails.

Menu highlights from other locations include sweet potato pancakes, parmesan-crusted avocado grilled cheese, as well as a selection of parfaits, coffees, smoothies and signature granolas.

The Granola Bar was founded by Dana Noorily and Julie Mountain (@granolygirls on Instagram) and has since expanded to six locations in Fairfield (CT) and Westchester (NY) counties. The first location opened in Westport, CT in 2013.


The Rye, NY and Darien, CT locations of The Granola Bar also offer evening hours plus beer, wine and cocktails. A Westchester Magazine article from March 2023 said the Rye location is “reminiscent of a fashionable NYC eatery, with half-circle banquette seating, gold-rimmed oval mirrors, and a ‘wall of moss’ that makes for an Insta-worthy background.”

Noorily and Mountain opened The Granola Bar’s first space a few years after creating O.A.T.S. granola, a “giftable granola that’s less crunchy hippy and more crunchy delicious.” The business has since expanded to TGB Hospitality Group, which owns and operates each Granola Bar location plus a food truck, a catering business, and a restaurant consultancy.

Visit The Granola Bar on Instagram or at their website for more information.


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