Olympic Bagel closes in Port Angeles

Olympic Bagel Co., a prominently located east Port Angeles bakery-restaurant, shut its doors last week after 16 years in business.

“We’ve fed a lot of happy customers over the years, and it will be sad to end that tradition,” CEO Bruce Schaefer said in a press release early this week.

“I want to thank all the regular customers that have supported us over the years and our excellent staff. It saddens me that I will not see them each day,” Schaefer said.

The market value of the personal property of the business was valued at $15,623 in 2016, according to the Clallam County Assessor’s Office.

Schaefer started the business in 2001 as a first-time small business owner.

“I recommend everyone try owning a business once in their lives,” he said. “This is such a great country for opportunities to be your own boss. It brings you in touch with your governing agencies and their processes first hand.”

“Unfortunately, we have closed down, and if you’re interested or know someone who is interested in purchasing the business or a portion of the business, please leave us a message … ” was the information left on one of two phone lines for the 801 E. First St.-South Francis Street eatery.

It was unknown Saturday how many were employed at Olympic Bagel.

It was a gathering place for tourists who would stop there in vehicles laden with kayaks and backpacks.

Small talking groups also would meet there regularly, and South Francis Street Clallam County Family YMCA members would stop by after working out two blocks away.

The spacious eatery, which advertised bagels made from scratch, included homemade pastries, breads and bagel chips also were offered, as were numerous kinds of tea.

Schaefer said the business will be available for sale or liquidation in the coming weeks. The bagel bakery portion, supplies and equipment could be sold separately. The café portion includes a new espresso machine, grinders, blender, sinks, metro racks, tables-chairs, cabinetry, supplies and beverage coolers.

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