Industry News | December 15, 2011

Brooklyn Water Taps Former Manhattan Bagel Exec as COO

Brooklyn Water Enterprises Inc., the company that creates “Brooklynized” water for use in all its restaurants’ food, beverage, and bakery products, announced that Jack Grumet, former chairman and CEO of the Manhattan Bagel Company Inc. and founder, former chairman, and CEO of Jo-Ann’s Nut House, has joined The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. as its chief operating officer and as an advisory board member.

“Jack brings tremendous franchise planning experience and knowledge to The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co.,” says Steven M. Fassberg, founder, chairman, and CEO of Brooklyn Water Enterprises. “His business acumen and experience of overseeing close to 1,000 franchisees will help shape the company as we continue to grow.”

Prior to joining the Brooklyn Water Bagel Co., Grumet led Manhattan Bagel for seven years where he was responsible for more than 650 bagel shops in 19 states. With more than 40 years of experience, Grumet has founded and served as chairman and chief executive for a number of companies in the financial, technology and food service industries.

“The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. is a fast-growing, one-of-a-kind concept in the bakery café market. With quality food products, quick service and the diverse experience of its executives, the company is positioned to grow quickly,” Grumet says. “I look forward to rejoining the bagel industry and bringing my experience and background in franchise management to help the company reach its outstanding potential.”