A new bagel shop will be opening in Vernon on Monday.
Bonsai Bagels will serve Montreal-style bagels when it opens its doors at 3002 41 Ave. at 8 a.m. on Family Day. Owner Loren Letourneau and his wife, Marisol, purchased the former Tita’s Italian Bistro building, and that is the storefront for the new bagel business.
The handmade bagels are famous in Eastern Canada for their dense consistency, thin shape and somewhat sweet taste.
“Once you’ve tasted a Montreal bagel, there may be no going back to a mass-produced one,” Bonsai Bagels owner Loren Letourneau said in a press release. “Montreal bagels are chewy, with a light crunch on the outside that comes from being baked after a dip in honey water.”
Letourneau spent years in Montreal, and he and his family returned to his hometown of Vernon after years of living abroad.