2008-10-31 / Business

Star Profile

Dorothy Garone of Gotham Bagel Café
By John Temple Ligon Temple@TheColumbiaStar.com

Dorothy Garone Dorothy Garone Real, authentic New York City bagels are found in New York City, obviously, but soon they will be made in the 1500 block of Main Street in the 1934 Kress Building, where Rising High operated most recently. The building is owned by Main Street developer and resident Tom Prioreschi, and he is leasing the space to Dorothy Garone, who plans to open the Gotham Bagel Café by the first of the year.

Garone was born in Upper Montclair, N.J., where her father was an antique oil painting restorer, and her mother was a buyer for a women's clothing store. She has two older sisters, both who still live in the northeastern U.S.

Attending Montclair High School, Garone played alto saxophone in the school band while she took a college- prep curriculum. After graduation, she took a year off academics to work with her mother in the clothing store. The next summer, before enrolling in college, Garone worked in a resort hotel in Montauk, Long Island, where she met her husband Jay Finkelstein. They married two years later.

Garone enrolled in the Queens campus of City University, also known as Queens College. She stayed with Queens through her master's degree in nutrition education. She became a licensed, certified and registered dietitian.

Garone and her husband lived in the Flushing Meadows area of Queens, home to the Mets and the World's Fair, both 1939 and 1964. She taught in her domain as a dietitian, and she became an expert in applying for New York State grants in areas of chronic disease prevention and managing hypertension and related fields.

There are two boys in the family, Douglas and Will.

Douglas, the older, is a senior business major at Syracuse University. He spent last summer in Manhattan as a business intern, and he plans to return after graduation.

Will is nine years old. He is enrolled in West Columbia's Glenforest School.

Before their move to Columbia, Garone and her family were living in Rockville Centre, a village community of 25,000 on Long Island. She taught at Molloy College in Rockville Centre. Molloy has the fourth largest nursing program in the country.

Husband Jay was working in advertising in Rockville Centre when he shared in the decision to come to Columbia to enroll Will in Glenforest School and to open the Gotham Bagel Cafe on Main Street.

The name Gotham was put to New York City by author Washington Irving in his Salmagundi Papers (1807). The original Gotham is a village in Nottinghamshire, England. The village has a history dating back to King John (as in the Magna Charter of 1215), who was about to build a Royal Highway through Gotham.

The Gothamites knew madness was feared as a contagion, as a disease readily transmitted. The people of Gotham didn't want to take on the responsibilities of maintaining the Royal Highway, so the village residents acted as if insane in front of the king's knights.

The knights were frightened by the prospects of catching the disease of insanity, so they directed the king's road elsewhere. The villagers of Gotham were then known as "The Wise Men of Gotham."

Garone sees her Gotham Bagel Café as a downtown restaurant and coffee house that also serves as a gathering place for the city's wise people. She plans to serve fabulous (yet affordable) food, and she also plans to support the local cultural and intellectual scene.

After all, South Carolina actually began on London's Birchin Lane in the 1660s with conversations among philosopher John Locke, the Lords Proprietors and their prospective settlers in what came to be known as the Carolina Coffee House.

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