January 20, 2003

Collegetown Bagels To Open Drive-Thru

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Cornellians and residents of the Ithaca area alike have long enjoyed delicious baked goods, sandwiches and coffee at Collegetown Bagels located on College Avenue. Now, with the addition of the new Collegetown Bagels Express, located at 209 South Meadow St., at the beginning of Route 13 North on the backside of Agway, there will be many more opportunities to taste what they have to offer.

“Collegetown Bagels Express is a twist on something people already know and love,” said Sandy K. List, director of marketing and public relations.

New Location

“We’ll offer people many things — an expanded menu [of] sandwiches, pastries and fulfill the character of express,” she said.

The new location is meant to serve patrons who don’t have the time for an extended visit, but want to enjoy good food.

The drive-thru, open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., will allow people to buy their favorite foods on the go. Although the main purpose of the new drive-thru is to pick up food quickly, for those who have time to linger, there will be limited seating available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m..

“[The grand opening ceremony] is sort of a soft opening. We’re still perfecting the plan,” List added.

The grand opening could take place sometime around Valentine’s Day, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony is tentatively planned for mid-February.

However, for some Cornell students, the new Collegetown Bagels store comes as a mixed blessing.

“If they really wanted to make a new bagel store, they should have put it somewhere on campus,” said Claudia Chiu ’06. For students living on North Campus or those without cars, the drive-thru appears to be of no use.

Easy Access

“The main thing about Collegetown Bagels is that it’s easy to get to. I don’t see the point in a drive-thru,” said Sachin Desai ’06.

Transportation appears to be the main problem, but most students are unaware of the new location.

“Where’s Meadow St.?” asked Kristen Zukosky ’05.

The new location will open for business on Jan. 25.

Archived article by Mary Chu