The Bagelmen’s Escazú store.


QCOSTARICA – After 14 years, this Saturday the restaurant chain Bagelmen’s closed its doors, leaving dozens of people out of work.

In a statement left at the door of their establishments, in Spanish and English, it reads:

“We are sorry to inform yu that as of today we are closing our doors to the public. We would like to thank you for being our loyal customer throughout these 14 years.”

The restaurant served up both Costa Ricans and expats alike, opening seven stores located in San Pedro, Lindora, Rohrmoser (closed almost a year ago), Sabanilla, Heredia, Guiones and Escazú.


The closure comes at the heels of Wendy’s Costa Rica shutting its doors last week, leaving 110 people out of work.

Karol Fallas, Director of Franchising, confirmed that the closure means the layoff of 110 employees. The owners of the firm Malcom Mathenson andd Isable Schaer, have not made any statements regarding the closure of the company they started in 2000, with the first location in Barrio La California.

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