BELLINGHAM - After about 30 years of serving its goods as is, The Bagelry will begin offering customers the option to get their bagels toasted after a brief renovation starting Monday, Feb. 25.
The Bagelry, 1319 Railroad Ave., will have limited operations Monday through Wednesday of next week, offering bagels with cream cheese or butter and coffee, tea and espresso while the renovation is taking place, said Ken Ryan, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Marguerite.
The renovation will include a new bakery case and a new display case for cream cheese, as well as a new La Marzocco espresso machine and the conveyor belt toaster.
"We were getting more and more people clamoring for a toaster," Ryan said.
He had refused to toast for so long because he worried about the time that toasting would add to each order, and fast customer service was important for him. But the conveyor belt toaster should get the job done pretty quickly.
"I've already gotten some shocked looks from some customers," he said. "They thought it would never change, but you have to listen to your customers."
In addition to the toasting option, when The Bagelry reopens on Feb. 28 it will have a few new sandwich and pastry options, along with revamped recipes for the egg, chicken and tuna salads.