Bagels ‘n Grinds’ Secret: New York Water


College Park’s newest bagel shop has a trick up its sleeve: New York water.

Bagels ‘n Grinds, which opened in the Hotel at the University of Maryland this weekend, has a special in-store water treatment system that cost $50,000.

The goal is to replicate New York City’s famously soft water, which has low concentrations of calcium and magnesium. Hard water can strengthen the gluten in dough, and it has often been blamed for the chewy bagels sold outside the Big Apple.

The treatment system makes three different types of ultra-purified water, which is also used in the restaurant’s coffee, iced tea and soda. You can even fill up your water bottle with New York City H2O.


Three restaurants are open for business under The Hotel at UMD


The Hotel is nearing completion on Route 1 in College Park. (Tom Hausman/The Diamondback)

Three of the four restaurants at The Hotel at the University of Maryland — Old Maryland Grill, Potomac Pizza and Bagels 'n Grinds — opened Friday afternoon, with the fourth, Kapnos Taverna, slated to open within the month.

The restaurants had originally hoped to open before The Hotel itself, but delays related to securing necessary permits made that impossible, said Adam Greenberg, owner of Potomac Pizza and Bagels 'n Grinds.

Greenberg's two restaurants bookend The Hotel, with one on each side of the ground floor. Potomac Pizza will offer Italian food, with Bagels 'n Grinds serving coffee, b...