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C and B Boiled Bagels will soon debut in Wood River, Illinois


C and B Boiled Bagels will open in December. 

St. Louis area residents with a hankering for chewy, New York-style bagels won’t have to wait much longer to find this one-of-a-kind breakfast food. Experienced local restaurateurs Amy and Matt Herren plan to open C and B Boiled Bagels in Wood River, Illinois, in December.

The new spot will offer grab-and-go bagels, schmears and bagel sandwiches, and plans to include vegan options in addition to traditional favorites. It will also supply to local cafés and coffee shops. C and B will be housed in a formerly abandoned building in Downtown Wood River, a small town of 10,000 people located in Madison County.

The Harrens, a married duo, are passionate about investing in this local community. “The plan is to completely revitalize the property and breathe a new sense of life into this beautiful downtown,” Amy Herren said in a press release.

The duo brings a well-developed background in the restaurant industry to this project. The Herrens have been the brains behind several popular concepts in Illinois, including Goshen Coffee, Fond, 222 Bakery, Township Grocer and the upcoming 1929 Pizza and Wine.

New York-style bagels were a great opportunity to showcase Amy’s talents as a chef and Matt’s skills as a baker. In fact, that’s the origin of the cafe’s name: C and B stands for Chef and Baker. They are excited to offer new breakfast and lunch options in Wood River.

“We hope that C and B Boiled Bagels will be a bustling neighborhood shop for Downtown Wood River while providing a much-needed bagel option in this area,” Matt Herren said in a press release. “We just cannot wait for people to taste the bagels, sandwiches and schmears! We are really proud of the food and hope everyone finds something they love!”

C and B Boiled Bagels is scheduled to open in December. For updates, visit

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Mary Andino is the managing editor at Feast. She loves making gnocchi, talking with farmers and makers, and promoting sustainability.

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