Muslim Cab Drivers Save Bankrupt Coney Island Kosher Bialy Store

An isolated sesame bagel
An isolated sesame bagel Photo: Uyen Le/2006 Uyen Le

Zafaryab Ali and Peerzada Shah, Pakistani immigrants, tasted their first real New York bagels at Coney Island Bialys and Bagels, the city's oldest Jewish bagel shop, founded by a Polish immigrant in 1920. His grandson, Steve Ross, was nearly forced to close up shop, when Ali and Shah stepped in to take over the failing business, which they plan to keep kosher with some consulting from Ross. Can we get these guys working on some things for the State Department? [NYDN]