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Standing next to a baking mixer in the open space of his business, Deke’s Bagels in Niantic, there is a sparkle in Deke Haylon’s blue eyes when he starts to talk about his latest food venture. “Your first failure is the next step to success,” he said, “if you don’t quit.” Haylon, who goes by “Deke,” has been reinventing himself his whole life and is quite good at it. He has closed a few doors in his lifetime, only to grab the handle of the next door and walk bravely through it to see what he may accomplish next. “We are going to make bagels,” he remembers saying to his
assistant, Kristie Jones. “I have a feeling we can do this.”
He recalls childhood memories of his mother baking sweet rolls and solid American food in the kitchen of their summer home in Niantic. Out of a strong desire to bond with her, he would pull up a chair to the kitchen counter to watch and learn. “I loved being in the kitchen, it was nurturing and calming,” says Deke. When he later went away to The Culinary Institute of America in New York, he drew from his early cooking experiences and would call his mother and ask her for family recipes. Following culinary school, he moved to California and worked for his biggest influence, Nancy Silverton in her restaurant Campanile, which was classic Italian food with California flair. After working the line at the restaurant, Deke got his big break when a staff member did not show up for his shift, and he eagerly jumped in to substitute cook. This turned into his defining moment.
At Deke's bagels we want your eating experience to be different and most of all fresh, thats why we have two gardens on site that are used to ensure we always have the freshest ingredients for our customers.