HELL'S KITCHEN — The hole left by the departure of H&H Bagels on West 46th Street will soon be filled by a massive new event space revealed in renderings this week.
The old bagel factory at 639 W. 46th St. will become a 24,000-square-foot event venue run by Metropolitan Pavilion owner Alan Boss, who also plans to move the Antiques Garage flea market to the location.
Metropolitan West will open in the space, where more than 80,000 bagels a day were once produced, before the end of the year, he said. The company released renderings of what the cleaned-up, renovated spot will look like when it reopens — a far cry from the run-down factory that's sat empty for more than a year.
A spokeswoman said the company plans to preserve many of the historic features of the building — though not its iconic H&H sign — including the original brick walls and areas of natural rust.
Boss said in a statement that he sees the opening of Metropolitan West as part of the neighborhood's transformation. Several new nightclubs and event spaces in former factory buildings are set to open in the area over the next few years.
"We led the way more than a decade ago with what used to be up-and-coming Chelsea by opening Metropolitan Pavilion," he said. "We are now looking forward to being on the forefront of the West Side's rapid transformation by opening our second location and bringing more events to New York City."
The spot will offer two floors with 14-foot ceilings throughout for dinners, trade shows and other functions, as well as rooftop access for outdoor events.