In 1996 Rick and Pati visited their Outer Banks home and an idea was born. Coming from New Jersey, they had a passion for great bagels and deli-style sandwiches. Whenever they visited the OBX, all they could find were bagels that were too hard and dry or the frozen variety. So, with optimism that there was an eager customer base of likeminded former “northerners” and a yearly influx of NJ/NY/PA tourists…the search for a site began.
The anticipated call came in the Fall of 2000. The site in Corolla was approved after 50 gallons of water were driven north to test the quality of the bagels produced. Rick then entered “Bagel School” (actually on the job training!) in New York. In February of 2001, Rick and Pati loaded a U-Haul truck and moved to the Outer Banks. Lighthouse Bagels opened for business Memorial Day weekend, Rick soon became known far & wide as the “Bagelman”, and the rest is history!