Bagelville, the Boston bagel place set to replace the Arlington Heights Panera at 1398 Mass. Ave., received an operating license Monday from the Board of Selectmen in a 5-0 vote.
Here’s what else we learned Monday night:
1.) Well, we already knew this, but Bagelville currently has one location in Boston’s Faneuil Hall – the Arlington Heights spot will be its second. Check out Bagelville’s website for more.
2.) Menu: Bagelville’s menu is similar to Panera’s – it features bagels, bagel sandwiches (both breakfast and regular), other sandwiches, salads, soups and pizza bagels, as well as smoothies and some dinners, like the sword fish steak dinner. It’ll also have a salad bar. “I think we’re going to have better prices (than Panera),” owner Sergio Goncalves told the board.
3.) Owner: Bagelville owner Sergio Goncalves, who is from Brazil and lives in Saugus, has been in the restaurant business since 1994. In addition to Bagelville, which he opened in 2009, Goncalves has a hand in Boston & Maine Fish Co. and The Berry Twist, both in Faneuil Hall, and The Monkey Bar in Provincetown.
4.) Hours: Bagelville will be open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.
5.) WiFi: Bagelville will have WiFi.
6.) Changes?: Bagelville will basically have the same floor plan as the old Panera – however, it will have 64 seats, which is less than Panera had, to create a little more space.
7.) Next Steps: After any renovations are completed, Bagelville will need to get checked out by certain town departments, including the building and health departments, before it can open.