I think, at this point, we all know about how awesome Montreal bagels are. There's nothing like a Montreal bagel, and a huge part of what makes our bagels so great is the rich history behind the dish.\nREAD ALSO: The Real Story Behind Montreal’s Cafe Olimpico\nIn Montreal, there are two main spots to get your authentic bagel fix: Fairmount Bagel Shop, or St-Viateur.\nA photo posted by Claire Stern (@clairecstern) on Nov 12, 2016 at 10:10am PST\nBoth are located in the Mile End and named after the streets they're on. Both serve up delicious, fresh bagels baked on-site in a wood-burning oven.\nAnd both have achieved institution status in Montreal, partially because of their delicious food, and partially because of the legit staying power both spots have.\nA photo posted by Gaby Patenaude • Ottawa (@patsgab) on Nov 13, 2016 at 7:46am PST\nSt-Viateur (263 Rue Saint Viateur O), for example, has been in Montreal for over 50 years. Yes, guys, you read that right: this shop has been serving up fresh, hot bagels for more than half a century.\nBut that's not the only impressive fact about St-Viateur.\nThe shop was actually opened in 1957, by a man named Myer Lewkowicz.\nMyer was a Jewish immigrant from Poland, who was invited to come to Canada in 1952 after being found by Jewish Immigration Aid Services of Canada. Before that, Myer spent time in a concentration camp; according to Myer, during that time, "all [he] dreamt of was a piece of bread".\nA video posted by St-Viateur Bagel (@stviateurbagel) on Nov 8, 2016 at 7:32am PST\nSt-Viateur Bagel was founded by Myer after nearly half a decade of learning the trade as an employee of Montreal Bagel Bakery, another bagel shop owned by Hyman Seligman.\nMyer ran St-Viateur until his death in 1994, even seeing the shop through a huge fire (and re-opening) in 1985.\nA photo posted by Gary Yee (@2skiandgolf) on Nov 12, 2016 at 10:15pm PST\nIn 1994, ownership passed on to Joe Morena, who had worked at the shop since he was 15. In 1974, he became part-owner of the bagel shop, and after Myer's passing, he brought in Marco Sbaino as his business partner.\nSince then, St-Viatuer has been a family business, full of tradition and history.\nA photo posted by Lex Gordon (@meowmoriez) on Nov 7, 2016 at 4:38am PST\nThey've expanded to tons of bagel cafes throughout the city (including in Monkland and DDO), but they're still selling fresh, hand-made bagels from their original 24/7 location in the Mile End. So, St-Viateur, keep doing you, because you're awesome.\nA photo posted by St-Viateur Bagel (@stviateurbagel) on Oct 10, 2016 at 7:14am PDT\nSource\nAdd mtlblog on Snapchat.