Chains, chains, shackles and chains

Just a quickie to point out this Nashville Business Journals item about Einstein Bros. Bagels (they have the best ticker symbol: BAGL) and Max & Erma’s looking to open here in town. I’ve seen both in various places throughout the country but have never been to either.

Anyone with experience care to weigh in on whether we should be excited?

7 Comments so far

  1. Rachel (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 10:18 am

    I’ve only had breakfast and coffee from Einstein – it seems like they had a fair selection of bagel flavors, but I don’t remember anything about the quality (last time was during bleary-eyed mornings at a conference).


  2. celine (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 10:21 am

    I’ve had Einstein Brothers before and was not particularly blown away, but it seems like I was in an airport or somewhere where I might not have been getting the full bagel experience. I am a big fan of bagels.


  3. fishwreck (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 12:49 pm

    Last time I ate at Max & Erma’s was years ago. As I recall, it was about a half step up from Applebee’s in fare and a bigger step up in price. Unless things have changed, I wouldn’t get too excited. Woo hoo, another chain restaurant.


  4. Emily Ramsey (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 1:44 pm

    This is fabulous news!! I heart Einstein bagels. The only time I ever get them is when I visit the parents in Tampa. They have good coffee too. And bagel-wiches. Yes, that is what I said.


  5. Jay (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 3:06 pm

    Underwhelmed by M&E’s.


  6. Jim (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 2:58 pm

    I worked as a busboy at Max and Erma’s in Louisville in 1980. I had no idea they were still around. The gimmick at the time was old-timey phones on the tables, and a three digit number displayed above each table. If you saw someone you like, pick up the phone, call their table and strike up a conversation. The ultimate pick-up fern bar.

    Surely to God they don’t still have that same gimmick.


  7. Jared (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 3:50 pm

    I actually worked for EB for about 4 years. They tend to have great bagels and a good variety of sandwiches, salads and other lunch items. As far as I can tell Bruggers has copied their model but look for EB to keep rolling out innovative sandwhiches and the afore mentioned special lunch items to keep them unique.

    Like Five Guys, there are some definite plusses to seeing them come to town.



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