We have terrible news for ‘Villens who resolved to cut out carbs in the new year and great news for everyone else: Beginning this Saturday, Better Bagels will be a staple at 7ate9 Bakery (199C Highland Ave.).
“A lot of people have been asking us—not, ‘Where can we find you at a popup?’—but, ‘Where can we just find you?'” says Sam Harden, who runs the New York-style bagel company with partner James Grimes. The Somerville-based bakers, whose home office is actually just down the road from 7ate9 on Cedar Street, first started popping up at area restaurants including Cuisine en Locale and Daddy Jones about a year ago. And while the popup business has been fun—Harden says that they’ve met lots of great people and business owners at appearances throughout Greater Boston—that life can also be stressful.
“You’re never in your own domain when you’re doing a popup, you’re also guests in someone’s house,” he explains. “It’s good to have a place that we can kind of call home … we’re excited to have a place where everyone can find us every day.”
That doesn’t mean that the duo are putting down permanent roots—they still have a few upcoming events scheduled at Everett’s Night Shift Brewing, and they plan to continue working with spots like Coppa in Boston. What it does mean is that you’ll be able to get your hands on all the Better Bagel offerings you’ve grown to love—plain, everything, salt, sesame and poppy—right here in Somerville, every Tuesday through Sunday. (They’re holding off on cinnamon raisin and some of their other flavors for now, but if you make a big fuss, you might be able to convince Harden and Grimes to bring them back. “If enough people bother us about any flavor, we’ll definitely add that,” Harden laughs.)
Because it just wouldn’t be a New York-style bagel without a good schmear, the bakery will offer the bagels with plain, veggie and herb spreads. Tuna and chicken salad will also be available, and those who prefer the sweet stuff can get their bagel with peanut butter, Nutella and bananas.
“As well as, of course, Fluffernutter,” Harden says. “We’re in Somerville.”