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Judi Siegel: The Woman Behind Bagelmania and Her Impact on Las Vegas

Judi Siegel, the powerhouse behind the beloved Bagelmania, is known not just for her business acumen but also for her deep commitment to the Las Vegas community. While she enjoys a diverse menu at Bagelmania, her current favorite is The Goodman, a sandwich packed with pastrami, Swiss cheese, coleslaw, and Russian dressing on thick slices of double-baked rye bread.

The Business of Bagels

Bagelmania’s influence extends far beyond Las Vegas. According to Siegel, the deli attracts patrons “from all over the place,” and its diverse customer base is what makes it unique. While celebrities often visit Bagelmania, Siegel treats every customer like a VIP.

“We do like to think of every customer as a celebrity, as a true VIP,” she says.

The menu features signature dishes named after local leaders who have significantly contributed to the city’s success. This honor is reserved for those who give back to the community, reflecting Bagelmania’s ethos of appreciation and recognition.

“It’s so well-deserved,” Siegel says. “Why not have something named after you at a deli?”

The menu includes a variety of bagels made with the original 1989 recipe, along with breakfast items, salads, and classic sandwiches with a “build-your-own” option. Many of Bagelmania’s original staff moved with the company to its new location, contributing to its continued success.

“The key is that we have such a great team,” Siegel says. “When you have such great staff, and a team that likes to execute, it all comes into place.”

Community at the Center

Judi and her husband Stephen Siegel moved to Las Vegas in 2004. Initially, they planned to stay for just a year to complete a residential apartment complex flip before returning to Los Angeles. However, they fell in love with the city and decided to make it their permanent home.

Nearly 20 years later, Siegel appreciates everything about Las Vegas, from its community and people to its restaurants and natural surroundings.

“Vegas is spectacular,” she says. “Everything’s always reinventing itself. Any day in Vegas can be New Year’s Eve.”

The Siegels bought Bagelmania before the pandemic and relocated it to its current site on Convention Center Drive. It quickly became a cherished addition to their business portfolio, which also includes the popular Pinkbox Doughnuts chain.

Beyond her business ventures, Siegel is deeply involved in the community. She works with several nonprofits and serves as an active board member for various Las Vegas organizations, providing her insights to help improve the community.

Expanding Horizons

Bagelmania’s success has led to plans for a new location in Summerlin’s Boca Park. Additionally, the Siegel’s are expanding Pinkbox Doughnuts with 10 more locations throughout the Valley and several nationwide, along with a brand-new Las Vegas hotel.

“When you have a good team and a positive mindset and you love what you do – and you have good food – no problem is too big that cannot be solved,” Siegel says.

Bagelmania Menu Highlights

There is so much to enjoy on Bagelmania’s extensive menu, including:

  • Hollaaaah French Toast: Thick-cut cinnamon challah French toast with powdered sugar and warm maple syrup, with options for seasonal berries and ice cream.
  • Mish Mosh Soup: A hearty bowl of chicken, noodles, kreplach, and a matzo ball.
  • Herb “Frey’s” Chili Cheese Pastrami Fries: Curly fries topped with nacho cheese, chili, and pastrami, served with coleslaw.
  • The Goodman: A sandwich loaded with hot pastrami, melted Swiss cheese, coleslaw, and Russian dressing on double-baked rye bread.
  • The Joe Lombardo: A bagelwich with pastrami, Swiss, BBQ aioli, an onion ring, two fried eggs, and a hash brown cake.

Bagelmania also offers a variety of bagels and shmears, along with a bakery featuring Pinkbox Doughnuts for to-go treats.

Visit Bagelmania

Bagelmania operates daily from 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 252 Convention Center Drive, Las Vegas. It is open 24 hours from Thursdays to Mondays, and with specific hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Harry Reid Airport. For more information, visit or find them on LinkedIn.

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