The burgeoning Boston bagel scene will welcome another permanent spot to its ranks when a longtime pop-up opens its first-ever brick-and-mortar in the Seaport District. Better Bagels is headed to the new One Seaport Square development project this fall, according to the Boston Herald.
James Grimes and business partner Sam Harden currently bake their bagels in a commissary kitchen in Malden and have popped up for well-attended events at places like Coppa and Night Shift. They also supply bagels to a number of area shops and restaurants, including 7ate9 Bakery in Somerville, American Provisions in South Boston, and Saltie Girl in Back Bay. The hand-formed bagels are boiled then baked, and they are Grimes' and Harden’s answer to the longtime gripes about the quality of bagels in Boston.
Efforts to rectify Boston's scarcity of acceptable bagels has resulted in a recent surge of new bagel concepts around the city, the likes of which include Porter Square’s Bagelsaurus; Exodus Bagels, another pop-up that also recently secured a permanent home; and Levend Bagelry, which recently opened up at the Boston Public Market after catering to area offices and farmers markets.