Owatonna bagel buffs rejoiced on Friday when Old Town Bagels and Cafe was back open for business following an 11-day closure. This specific closure, however, had nothing to do with the ongoing pandemic and everything to do with a new exciting adventure for the cafe’s owners and all of the community.

The OTB Cafe opened brand new doors that morning, located alongside their former location on the 200 block of North Cedar Avenue. Owners Mark and Stacy Wilson had been wanting to expand their wildly popular business for a handful of years, and when Mac Hamilton of Hamilton Real Estate Group presented his plan to totally redevelop that block, the perfect opportunity finally presented itself. Because Hamilton had no desire of knocking down the building that housed the bagel shop, the former Jerry’s Supper Club and an empty space between the two, the decision was made early on that the Wilsons would expand into the vacant space.

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