Upper Crust Bakery and Café Expanding Into Trumbull, New Canaan


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Bagels. Bagels, baby. Bagels.

Upper Crust Bagels, a locally owned bakery and café that’s developed a loyal following after 20 years in Darien has expanded into Trumbull and is set to open a new shop in downtown New Canaan.


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Bagels. Bagels, baby. Bagels.


— This article originally was published in somewhat different form by NewCanaanite.com.


The business entered into a lease Wednesday and will open in one to two months, according to owner Charlie Sahlia.

Officially named ‘Upper Crust Bakery and Café,’ the business has been serving Darien since 1997 and about 18 months ago, Sahlia expanded to a second shop in Trumbull near Sacred Heart University that he said has fared very well there.

“But what we pride ourselves in creating at Upper Crust is it’s a ‘neighborhoody,’ healthier alternative to lunch and breakfast,” he said in an interview.

“We make things as much as we can from natural and organic ingredients and make on premises and it is not anything bought from a big corporation that comes in and unloads trucks of processed foods.

“So we have the bagels, obviously, and muffins we make and also we do chopped salads that we will bring to New Canaan, and sandwiches and catering and of course, good coffee.”

Sahlia said he’s been hoping to open in New Canaan for a long time but has found rental rates on Elm and Main Streets cost-prohibitive. The town is “very family-oriented, with a lot of kids and there are businesses there we can cater to,” Sahlia said.

In addition to a breakfast platter of muffins, croissants and pastries, a smoked salmon platter and yogurt parfait, Upper Crust sells fruit salad cups, granola bars, whole fruit and a wide range of bagels (plain, sesame, poppy, egg, honey wheat, cinnamon sugar, everything, onion salt, multigrain and more) and cream cheese flavors (plain, chive, vegetable, jalapeno, sun dried tomato, walnut raisin and lox).

Sandwiches include curry chicken salad, turkey avocado with Vermont cheddar and tomato, lemon basil chicken salad, hummus pita, crunchy veggie (cheddar, cucumber, avocado, tomato, sprouts and Tzatziki sauce) and a signature ‘UCBC Club’ of turkey, bacon, Swiss, lettuce, tomato and Russian dressing. Customers build their own salads from a wide array of toppings and dressings.

New Canaanites have been without a dedicated bagel shop since Bruegger’s closed its doors in early December.

Sahlia noted that Upper Crust is deeply involved in supporting the communities where it has locations and that the company is in the process now of franchising.

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Rings End Road Home Sells for $2.15 Million and Other Darien Home Sales

85 Rings End Road, Darien

85 Rings End Road, Darien

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These properties recently were sold in Darien, according to records in the Town Clerk’s Office:

85 Rings End Road, Darien

85 Rings End Road, Darien — a plaque on the front says “Daniel Gorham House, 1789.” The house is on Gorham’s Pond on the north side of Rings End Road at the stone bridge.

—40 Swifts Lane — Joseph Pagliarulo and Margaret Pagliarulo to James Hamilton and Liane Hamilton, sold Jan. 28, filed Jan. 30, $3,325,000

—300 Hollow Tree Ridge Road — Oliver Wilson Development LLC of Westport to Dawn Difortuna-Aponte and Kevin Aponte, sold Jan. 28, filed Jan. 30, $950,000

—175 Old Kings Hwy. South — Pamela Anderson to Stevenson Springer and Kerikea Morgan, sold Jan. 23, filed Jan. 30, $1,025,000

—9 Dickinson Road — Estate of Nancy E. Festa to Sarah Simon, sold Jan. 29, filed Jan. 31, $615,000

—75 Kensett Lane — Marco Berardi and Anna Berardi to Lillian Voigt, sold Jan. 27, filed Jan. 31, $1,80,000

—26 Leeuwarden Road — Estate of Paul Landovsky to Darniel Wang and Barbora Wang-Maliskova, sold Jan. 30, filed Jan. 31, $1,160,000

—91 Gardiner St. — David Vogel and Nataly Vogel to Jasper Rietmeijer and Veronika Reitmeijer, sold Jan. 28, filed Jan. 31, $1,200,000

—224 West Ave. — Richard Gilhooly and Gemma Keanealy to Kevin Zigaldo, sold Jan. 31, filed Feb. 4, $1,135,000

—85 Rings End Road Guy Fiske to Didier Lefevre and Elizabeth Lefevre, sold Jan. 28, filed Feb. 5, $2,150,000 — PICTURED


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