Arlington Center's bagels By Us closing in March
Restaurant closings have returned to Arlington Center. Bagels By Us, a diner at 789 Mass. Ave., confirmed they will close their doors on March 16.
The restaurant takes up several pieces of property on Massachusetts Avenue, spanning from 787 to 789 Mass. Ave. Bagels By Us owner Gerard Karpowicz has run the eatery since 1996, but the business was open before then. In 1999 he purchased the property from the previous owner.
Economic Development Director Ali Carter said that the location had been for sale by the owners for a while.
“It’s definitely a place that is very needed in Arlington Center and very well-liked, very busy and it has a special niche for people that love deli bagel breakfast places,” said Support Arlington Center co-founder Alyssa Clossey. “It’s a huge loss if it doesn’t stay in that capacity.”
In January, the Advocate reported that medical marijuana nonprofit Massachusetts Patient Foundation, Inc. (MPF) proposed the 789 Mass. Ave. storefront as a possible new location.
MPF had previously obtained all necessary approvals from the ARB, Board of Health and Board of Selectmen to open a facility at 11 Water St. in the Center.
The Board of Selectmen tabled the vote on a decision regarding MPF’s proposal at their Jan. 8 meeting.
Carter told the Advocate that MPF has not submitted plans for a dispensary at 789 Mass. Ave. and do not own the property.
“Other than what was announced at the selectman’s meeting, we have no material,” said Carter.
“The business of bagels by Us was such a positive place,” said Clossey. “To have it replaced with a marijuana dispensary in such a prominent location on Mass. Ave. would be not very family friendly and not conducive to the community.”
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