City Bagel

The exterior of City Bagel Cafe facing out onto University Drive in Starkville.

The Starkville culinary scene will soon lose a longtime staple, with the owners of City Bagel Cafe announcing plans to close the restaurant later this month.

Owner Ty Thames, of Eat Local Starkville, confirmed to the Starkville Daily News that the eatery will close for good on June 23.

Thames said the restaurant group made the decision to close City Bagel due to increased overhead, along with a dramatic decline in sales over the last 11 months since the beginning of construction projects on the property surrounding the restaurant's University Drive location.

"We will sincerely miss serving each and every one of our guests and being a part of their day," he said. "Thank you to our great staff for their passion and dedication over the years."

City Bagel was first opened by the Tkach family in 1996 and was purchased by Eat Local Starkville in May 2016.

He said said the restaurant plans to continue operations seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. through June 23.

This is a developing story. For more, read Wednesday's Starkville Daily News.

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