More than a year after Panera closed its Heights location, Bagelville opened at the site at 6 a.m. Friday, April 4.
Owner Sergio Goncalves, a Brazilian who built the Boston-based business, was behind the counter as customers received free coffee.
"I hope to serve the Arlington community well," Goncalves said in a statement Wednesday, April 2, "with great service, good quality fresh-baked bagels, and little taste of Boston's Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall favorites such as: the great tasting smoothies, clam chowder, lobster roll and fresh-baked bagels."
Arlington is the second Bagelville to open, spokeswoman Gracie dos Santos said. A third Bagelville plans to open in West Roxbury at the end of April. The first store is at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
Those who recall the hangout quality of Panera before the spot closed in late March 2013 will be happy to know that Bagelville hopes to keep that tradition.
"Yes, Bagelville is definitely a great hangout place," dos Santos said. "We are expecting lots of folks here in Arlington to hang out with us."
The 1398 Mass. Ave. location has 64 seats and Wi-Fi.
Weather delayed opening
Bagelville was originally scheduled to open in January. Dos Santos said the opening was delayed primarily because of the harsh winter. A specific issue was a frozen roof, which put off the construction of the bagel oven.
"Since we are known for our quality fresh-baked bagels," she said, "we had to wait until weather permitted us to finish the construction on the roof."
She put renovation costs at about $250,000.
Word about Bagelville surfaced first in August, when the owner put a "Coming soon" sign in the window.
The project advanced last Nov. 9, as plans were reviewed by the Redelopment Board.
On Dec. 2, the selectmen approved the common victualler license for Bagelville after meeting owner Goncalves.
Bagelville is open every day at 6 a.m. Closing times are 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. Sundays.
For the menu and other information, see bagelvilleonline.com.
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This story was published Wednesday, April 2, 2014, and updated April 4.
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