The sound of jackhammers may have never been so welcomed.
Passers-by on Friday morning glanced into the door opening of the 317 Division St. S. space (next to Goodbye Blue Monday) being worked on that will soon be home to Tandem Bagels.
The shop's owner, Tony Frentz, said everything is still on schedule for the store to open sometime in February.
Frentz may be a familiar name and face to many Northfielders. He is a former partner in Bagel Bros. before he sold his share a few years before the Division Street bagel shop closed.
Frentz, who focused on his construction and development business when he left Bagel Bros., said now was the right time to get back in the bagel business.
He said his wife, Anne, has been raising their three children and wanted to re-enter the workforce. Even years after Bagel Bros. shuttered, Frentz said he kept hearing from former customers about the business, so he and his wife started researching and came up with a concept.
You might not be familiar with the Tandem Bagels name; the first one opened this January in Mankato. Their menu offers an array of bagels, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, as well as other baked goods like muffins, scones and coffee cakes.
“It’s just the right kind of time,” Frentz said. “People really like (Tandem Bagels) and it’s been really fun."
So now comes the second store.
Frentz said the two love Northfield and feel it’s a great city in which to expand their business.