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Boone Bagelry 105

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Article Published: Sep. 19, 2013 | Modified: Sep. 19, 2013
Boone Bagelry 105

From left, Boone Bagelry manager Marge Minter and owners Donna and Tony Nicastro work inside the new Boone Bagelry 105, which opened this week in the former location of Raven’s Tavern.

Photo by Jeff Eason

Longtime Boone residents may remember how some people used to call the Boone Bagelry building a cursed location for restaurants.

In the 1970s and ’80s, it was a Tastee Freeze restaurant, a submarine sandwich shop, a barbecue joint and even, for a time, the location of Mike’s Inland Seafood.

No business stayed in the building for very long.

Then came the Boone Bagelry.

Now celebrating a quarter century in downtown Boone, the Boone Bagelry was opened in 1988 by a young couple — Tony and Donna Nicastro, both just 26 years old at the time.

In addition to running a restaurant, the Nicastros had the responsibility of taking care of their newborn daughter, Natalie.

“I was a year old when we opened the Bagelry, and I was 15 when I started working here,” Natalie Nicastro said. “Now I’m 26, so I’ve been here a long time.”

Natalie, now the same age as her parents were when they opened the Boone Bagelry in downtown Boone, is taking the lead on the family’s newest project: Boone Bagelry 105. The new restaurant opened Wednesday and is located on N.C. 105 in Boone in the former longtime location of Geno’s that most recently was home to Crossroads and Raven’s Tavern.

“The new place is right at Studio West Apartments, where the old High Country Inn was,” Nicastro said. “It’s a really great space. It’s nice and spacious and has a kind of old log cabin feel to it.”

Nicastro said the new restaurant will have the exact same menu as the downtown location, with the addition of a smoothie bar and some specialty coffees. Like the downtown location, the new Bagelry will be open for breakfast and lunch and will not serve alcohol.

“We’re keeping it simple,” Nicastro said. “We want to get a feel for what kind of business it’s going to be.”

Nicastro said that she and her parents will all be involved with the new restaurant and that some of their longtime employees will work there to train the new staff. They have been interviewing potential employees for the new restaurant over the past month or so.

“I think it will be a great location, especially for people who live on that side of town and don’t want to deal with the traffic and parking issues of downtown,” Nicastro said. “We’ll have some stiff competition over there, with it being near Sunrise (Grill) and Troy’s Diner, but I think that’s a good thing.”

One of the things that the Bagelry has that those other restaurants don’t is the famous Bagelicious sandwich. Featuring grilled ham, bacon, a fried egg and cheese inside a toasted bagel, the Bagelicious is one of the Boone Bagelry’s biggest sellers. On ASU football Saturdays, it is a common sight to see hordes of Appalachian alumni lining up at the Bagelry to order the Bagelicious. With one bite, they are transported back to their college days.

According to Nicastro, another customer favorite is the Sunday special that features a dozen New York-style bagels served with a free quarter pound of cream cheese. The restaurant also features daily breakfast specials and serves breakfast items through its lunch service.

“A lot of people have said over the years that they wished we had a spot on the other side of town,” Donna Nicastro said. “I think this will be a good location. Natalie is young and has a lot of ideas for the new place.”

Like the downtown location, Boone Bagelry 105 features free delivery for orders of $5 or more.
For more information, call Boone Bagelry 105 at (828) 262-1600 or visit

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Additional Images

From left, Boone Bagelry manager Marge Minter and owners Donna and Tony Nicastro work inside the new Boone Bagelry 105, which opened this week in the former location of Raven’s Tavern.
Photo by Jeff Eason

Two icons of Boone, the wooden waterwheel on N.C. 105 and the Boone Bagelry, are now together. From left, Bagelry manager Marge Minter and owners Tony and Donna Nicastro stand in front of their new location.
Photo by Jeff Eason

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