Bare Naked Bagel co-founders, Robert and Justin, started out as college friends at SUNY Geneseo. The then college boys talked about one day going into business together, on what they didn’t know. In 2013 Robert was getting sick of long cold winters in New York and decided to relocate to Nashville. Justin had already done this a few years before. The two decided there was no time like the present to start that company they talked about back in school. New York style bagels seemed to be a no brainer for the upstate New York guys and with the food truck scene on the rise in the city they decided that was the best way to start. The first Bare Naked Bagel “truck” (it was actually a concessions trailer) hit the streets in April of 2014. About a year and a half later Robert and Justin realized that the little trailer was just too small for their growing bagel empire and in June of 2016 the 26 foot Bare Naked Bagel truck started roaming the city selling bagels to native Nashvillians and transplants alike. With the popularity of their bagels on the rise Robert and Justin plunged head first into wholesale bagels. Now serving 10+ locations around town you are never too far away from a coffee shop or deli spot that sells Bare Naked Bagel. In 2017 Robert and Justin’s bagel empire was ready for even more growth and to help them with that they brought on Justin’s brother Ryan. The three are happy to say that work has begun on the first Brick + Mortar Bare Naked Bagel shop! The shop will be in Hillsboro Village and is slated to open in winter 2017/2018!
Meet the Team
Justin was born and raised in Ithaca, New York. He attended Geneseo State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a Marketing and Management Concentration. And also met friend and business partner Robert. After college, he moved to Middle Tennessee where he entered the corporate world and eventually joined Alliance Oncology as Director of Business Development. He is experienced is creating strategic partnerships and structuring joint venture relationships to execute on growth plans. When he is not at the office, Justin is making time for his wife, Heather, son, Cason, and new baby daughter, Cohen. Justin’s favorite bagel is The Lox – smoked salmon, chive cream cheese, tomato and pickled red onion!
Robert was born and raised in Binghamton, New York. He started at the local pizzeria as a prep cook in high school and continued working in restaurants throughout college. Robert also attended Geneseo State University where he earned a bachelor’s in Psychology and met Justin. After the college, the allure of the restaurant industry was too strong and Robert returned to his home to Binghamton where he became manager of local catering company, The Red and White. He relocated to Nashville in 2013 after visiting Justin a few times. Together the two founded Bare Naked Bagel as a food truck in 2014. Robert is now an active member of the Nashville Food Truck Association. When not working on building a bagel empire he can be found playing with his dog, Odin or exploring Nashville from the music scene to the Nashville Zoo and beyond. Robert’s favorite bagel is The California.
Ryan was also born and raised in upstate New York. Like many, he worked in restaurants while in high school. Because of that experience, he attended Cornell University’s School of Hotel Management where he concentrated in Food & Beverage Management. Following graduation, he moved to New York City where he worked for multiple respected restaurants including locations owned by Marcus Samuelson and Daniel Boulud. Ryan gained experience opening restaurants for the Dinex Group as the Assistant Director of Operations. Ryan and his family now live in Atlanta, GA where he works as an independent restaurant consultant. Ryan joined the Bare Naked Bagel team in 2017 and is excited to be a part to this growing brand. Outside of the restaurant world Ryan likes to spend time with his wife, Brooke and their two boys Alec and Evan. Ryan’s favorite bagel is a Sesame bagel toasted with chive cream cheese.