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Roslindale bagel baker hopes to fill local hole by adding sit-down restaurant service

Via Keep Roslindale Quirky comes news that Exodus Bagels hopes to convert part of its bagelry at 2 McCraw St. off Belgrade Avenue in Roslindale into a sit-down restaurant.

The city is holding a meeting for abutters on the proposal next week. The proposal would need a variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals, because the site is not zoned for a restaurant, and the Boston Licensing Board.

When Exodus owner Adam Hirsh moved into what had been a catering kitchen in 2016, he'd originally planned to open a restaurant in the space, but then found a more readily available space in an old bakery on Washington Street in Jamaica Plain that did not have the restaurant zoning and regulatory issues that the Roslindale location did.

That spot closed in 2020. Since then, Exodus has been selling its bagels out of a window at its Roslindale location.

The area lost its last dine-in noshing in 2021 when Local 338 in West Roxbury closed. However, Bruegger's on VFW Parkway recently returned some of the tables it had removed during the pandemic.

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JP's bagel game is pretty weak. Sure, you can get bagel sandwiches at City Feed or Fiore's but neither are in the same ballpark as Exodus. Sucks that the Exodus folks can't find another spot up here that makes sense for them -- if they could afford the old 7/11 (seemingly, nobody can) they'd do crazy business at that spot.

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Fiore's Hemlock bagel is above reproach. I have never had Exodus though, so will have to do so soon. Zaftig's in Brookline is good as well.

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With these neighbors.

Who are also these neighbors.

If this fails (hopefully it doesn't) there are a couple empty storefronts across Belgrade that are probably properly zoned.

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This shop has been on my rotation for .... well definately pre-pandemic for sure, I would go to the JP store, and the farmers market, but things really took off for me when the popup in the substation opened --- every weekend to get my fix. Now that they are here in my 'hood it's a staple for my family. They hire locally (kid across the street works there!) and are just such decent folk and just the type of business we want. If any abutters can see this PLEASE push this forward, I want nothing but success for this team and business.

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Our family regularly makes the 20 minute drive from Roxbury to get to exodus. Hopefully the abutters, who don't have the best track record, will be able to allow people to sit down and eat. Where do I send the letter of support? I'd love to be able to sit and eat breakfast on site.

I wish they'd open another location in JP, or even come over to our part of the city and try Bartlett station or the Bolling building. I believe I might have been their very last customer at the old Washington St location. I bought the last half dozen bagels the day everything shut down and they closed the doors behind me. But I'm glad they were able to keep the Roslindale location!

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