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Plans for Augusta Bagel Shop in Former Mill Building Draw Praise for Community Focus

Owners of the Sand Hill Bagel Co. hope to open next spring in the last remaining building of the former mill where a largely Franco American workforce toiled decades ago.

And the owners plan to be not just at the base of the neighborhood from which they take their name, Sand Hill, but also on the site that is now an expansive riverfront city park where Edwards Manufacturing once stood. That history will be woven into the identity of the new bagel shop, they say.

“We don’t want to be separate from Sand Hill and don’t want to be separate from Mill Park; we want to be part of that community,” said Tobias Parkhurst, co-owner of the new restaurant, with local attorney James Bass, who are also partners in two successful downtown Augusta restaurants, Cushnoc Brewing Co. and State Lunch.

“In the same way that Cushnoc and State Lunch have become woven into the fabric of downtown, we’d like to be woven into the fabric of the hill. We want to be the thing that connects the residential neighborhood of Sand Hill to the commercial area of Augusta. When we’re looking at Sand Hill, we’re looking up the hill, and hoping to have customers walking there, feeling like it is a part of their community.”

But first, they’re going to need bagels.

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