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A&S Bagels on Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square.

An odd posting appeared on the website Craigslist. The posting was for the sale of the last bagel from A&S Bagels, the popular Franklin Square bagel store that suffered damage from a fire. The asking price was $10. As it turns out, though, it isn't the last bagel from A&S. That's because the store, located at 761 Hempstead Turnpike, is planning on reopening.

On April 19 at 6:40 p.m., at a time when bakers were making bagels, numerous fire departments including the Franklin Square & Munson Fire Department responded to the store for a fire. The store, which is normally open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, has been closed since, but constructions crews are working to get the store up and running.

The store is owned by Nino Scolieri and his sons Anthony and Gregory. The family is well thought of in the Franklin Square community. "He's a very generous man. He's very active in the community," said Dennis Lyons, a commissioner in the Franklin Square & Munson Fire Department, of Nino Scolieri.

"One of the greatest sites I witnessed this past week is the re-construction at A&S Bagels. It just goes to show you the commitment and love that Nino and his family have for their business," said Assemblyman Tom Alfano, who has his district office in the area. "I can't wait to see the lines forming to buy bagels at A&S again. One thing is for sure. I'll be right there getting my turkey sandwich and bagels for my kids the first day he reopens. Bagels just aren't the same right now."

It is estimated that the bagel store could be opening possibly Saturday or Sunday.

- Joe Rizza


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