There’s a slight hole in Exodus’s plans to open in Roslindale. The much-adored bagel specialist, beloved for its New York-style creations, will open its first retail store in Jamaica Plain instead.
Exodus will launch in the former Canto 6 bakery space (3346 Washington St. at Glen Road) by the end of the year, says owner Adam Hirsh, who lives in Jamaica Plain. The cafe will serve a full menu of bagels, sandwiches, coffee, and drinks.
The relocation plans might come as a surprise to neighborhood supporters who had contributed to the shop’s Kickstarter campaign, which raised $63,164. Hirsh originally planned to open a retail store inside his commissary kitchen venue at 2 McCraw St. in Roslindale.
But the Jamaica Plain move makes sense, he says, because the proper licensing is already in place, and the space is outfitted for retail. Ergo, he’ll be able to open sooner than expected.
“We don’t need to make any alterations. It already has a bakery. This is about being able to sell our product,” Hirsh says. “It’s important for us to stay viable. We’re trying to do what’s best for the company.”
And bagel-loving Roslindale residents shouldn’t get too upset — Hirsh promises that this doesn’t mean a permanent exodus from the neighborhood. In fact, he confirms that he will work to get proper licensing in place for a Roslindale shop, too. In the meantime, he’ll continue to use the original space as a commercial kitchen.
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