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Oct 24, 2011 05:42 AM

Bagelz, Glastonbury CT Closed

I was shocked the other day to pull into my favorite bagel place, Bagelz in Glastonbury and find that it had closed. I was there the week before so it had to close in the last week or so. Anyone know when it happened? To me it is so odd since there are so many people eating breakfast out these days. Sad to think that chains like Bruggers, Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks can thrive while a good local place closes. Jay

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    1. re: BiscuitBoy

      It was but a small local one (Maybe 4 or 5 stores at one time if that). I believe all of the other restaurants closed over the years and only Glastonbury was left. That was the original location and I think it had been around for 20 to 25 years. The original owner sold it a few years back and then he sold it to a local family who I do know casually from around town. Like I said I was shocked and really saddened to see it closed. Jay

      1. re: JayCT

        Make a wish for Fancy Bagels to make tracks east across the river. Original location is in Farmington on the Bristol line; other is on Queen St. in Southington. I forgot how much I love Fancy until I had a fresh bagel this weekend. Mmmmm. Make sure your volume is down or off if you click:

        1. re: kattyeyes

          Have to agree about Fancy Bagels/Bristol. Best I've found in CT. From NJ originally, so I can honestly say I've had some of the best around. FB would be smart to expand into some other areas like Glastonbury. Nice town, BTW.

          1. re: njmarshall55

            :) Two votes for Fancy Bagels moving to G'bury--you listenin', Fancy folks?! Build it and we will come! Puh-LEASE!

            1. re: kattyeyes

              They used to have more locations, or at least one in West Hartford. It was Bob's Bagels, then I guess he bought a Fancy Bagels franchise. The bagels and sandwiches seemed to stay the same though. Awesome stuff. Now it's Goldberg's last I checked, and was still pretty good. Worth trying at least once. They're on New Britain Ave next to the old Friendly's building.

        2. re: JayCT

          I haven't been there in a few years, but it's sad to see those places close.

          1. re: JayCT

            Word on the street is the service at Bagelz went WAY downhill after he sold. I work with a guy who went there every single weekday morning with a small group of people. They stuck it out with the new owner to account for the transition but they said the service was terribly slow. They all gave up and started going to Brueggers.

            1. re: mels

              Service slow? I never saw that when I went there. There were always two people working the counter and that is the same as when it was super busy 10 years ago. I should add that I use to be a regular there but stopped once my kids went to school (I had time to eat breakfast at home after that). Also I can't imagine there is any place in town that is faster given the crowds I see at places like Dunkin Donuts, Brueggers and Starbucks. Jay

              1. re: JayCT

                I have never been to Bagelz myself (guess I never will now!), but the service was definitely lackluster enough after the sale to force 4 regulars who had been going there M-F for numerous years to turn their backs and walk away.

                1. re: JayCT

                  I am personally disappointed. I thought they were so much better than Brueggers and that the service was just fine. Brueggers feels like a factory ("move 'em in, move 'em out"), has no personal touch and they don't toast their bagels unless you ask them to run it through the toaster 2 or 3x.