We were at Logan International Airport yesterday and purchased a coffee at the Bruegger's Bagels in Terminal E. The professionalism of the clerk impressed us so we picked up an application to join the Bruegger's team to "have fun and make dough," as the brochure says.
According to the official listing on the application, Bruegger's has four locations in Boston: on School Street, on Longwood Avenue, on Congress Street, and, under a heading all its own, at 644 Beacon Street in Kenmore Square. I noticed something was missing and not just the airport franchise. People in Dorchester enjoy a good bagel as much as the folk that crowd Downtown Crossing.
The Ba Le Bakery is proof enough that Dorchesterites appreciate specialty bread. Dot Ave is usually congested with double parked mini-vans in front of this shop for their buy-two-get-three deal. The very fine Mud House down in Neponset has bagels but they aren't the house specialty. Dorchester could use a good bagel shop that specializes in bagels even if it is a chain, even if it is Bruegger's and not Finagle-a-Bagel. There is a vacuum that needs to be filled.
I filled out the application with black pen but I haven't mailed it yet. I don't know if I want to serve bagels and sandwiches to tourists downtown or in Longwood or at the airport, when I could be serving them to my Dorchester neighbors who need a good bagel as much as the next guy. This is the kind of minor ethical dilemma that keeps me up nights. Maybe my community would be better served if I took a second, part time job manning the aisles at the A.J. Wright at Fields Corner. I'm all for "having fun and making dough" but I'd rather do both in Dorchester. It's nice here.