The diner in Allentown is closed until further notice after the death of its owner.
Bacon Bagels and 4th Street Tacos, which provide bagels, Mexican favorites and more at 239 N. Fourth St., made an announcement last week on business page on Facebook.
“With a heavy heart we announce the death of our owner Leo Martin,” the statement said. “We are very grateful to you for your endless support during this difficult time of heartache and pain. The family really appreciates all your kind words. “
40-year-old Martin died unexpectedly at his workplace on the evening of April 27, reports his obituary.
He became the full owner of Bacon Bagels and 4th Street Tacos about a year ago after being a partial owner for about six months.
He served in the Navy and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of East Stroudsburg before going into business.
“He devoted time to his work and had high hopes for its prosperity,” the obituary said.
A family man, Martin “preferred his family over everything else in his life,” the obituary continues.
“In his spare time, he prepared dinner for his wife and children,” the obituary said. “He made them laugh, danced with them and made sure they lacked nothing. He loved to play golf and go fishing, especially with his daughter. He was fond of sports, especially the Phillies, Sixers and Jets. Every time someone was downstairs, he leaned back to pick them up. His contagious smile will make others very sad, especially close relatives and friends. “
Bacon Bagels, which originally opened in February 2019 at 2241 MacArthur Road in Whitehall Township, in December 2021 completed its relocation to 239 N. Fourth St. in the center of Alentown, less than a block from Central Catholic High School and St. Luke’s Hospital, the Sacred Heart Campus.
The new venue, dubbed Bacon Bagels and 4th Street Tacos, has a separate menu of branded tacos and nachos, as well as bagel sandwiches and other popular dishes from the old venue.
The diner offers only takeaway food and meals in the refurbished space where other eateries used to be located, including its last former tenant Southern Kitchen Soul Food Restaurant.
Martin will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, at St. George’s Antioch Orthodox Church, 1011 Catasauqua Ave., Allenttown. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m., and the family asks attendees to wear masks and express their condolences.