Monday, March 10, 2014
About a year ago, Paul Farrell headed up a Kickstarter campaign in an effort to bring a better bagel to Portland. The funding drive was successful and Union Bagels began appearing on the menus of Portland establishments like Crema Coffee Company, K. Horton Specialty Foods, Local Sprouts Cafe, The Holy Donut and Aurora Provisions.
Now Farrell and Toby Alves are preparing to sell bagels out of their own space after taking over the 147 Cumberland Ave. location formerly home to Katie Made Bakery. Katie Made moved to 181 Congress St. late last year.
"Prior to this we've been all wholesale," said Farrell, who expects the business to open in mid-April," so the retail is brand new." He said the Cumberland Ave. location will be primarily to-go with no seating but a couple counters near the windows where customers can stand for a few minutes to eat a bagel. Hours will be 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To start the menu will feature six or seven types of bagels (think plain, salt, sesame, poppy, onion, everything and a new cinnamon raisin choice). There will also be four or five flavors of cream cheese, coffee and a small variety of juices.
Farrell thinks the location will be perfect for the bagel shop and said he loves the community.
"It's where Silly's started and Katie Made was there almost 13 years," he said, "so there's a long history of successful establishment."
Karen Beaudoin is an online editor for Maine Today Media and contributes two blogs to the company's websites.
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