Exeter NH’s house bagel cafe, opening of Rolleyholers, Disney Dole Whip

EXETER – Breaking your jaw a week before opening was definitely not the introduction to the community Rolleyholers owner Bob Weygant would have expected.

However, he did not let the accident interrupt his pace.

Weygant has opened the doors of its new bagel store in 92 Portsmouth Ave, Suite 2, for the first time this weekend.

Weygant said that the the support he received from the community following his accident on Father’s Day weekend confirmed his decision to come to Exeter.

Community members supported him by launching a GoFundMe campaign, raising over $ 7,000 to offset his medical bills. They also showed their support by following her recovery on social media as well as stopping in the store to wish her good luck.

Rolleyholers owner Bob Weygant takes the bagels out of the boiler and places them in the convection oven Tuesday morning in Exeter.

“The support has been overwhelming and it comes in the form of patience with us; they see that I fell and got back up, ”Weygant said. “I feel like we’ve been adopted as part of the community.”

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Weygant said he was injured after holding the store’s back door open and a gust of wind slammed the door on his hand. He said he squatted at the entrance to the kitchen stepping back from the blunt wound to his hand, then stood up too quickly causing a head rush where he became dizzy, lost the ‘balance and was unable to prepare for his fall.

After two surgeries to reset parts of his jaw, Weygant said he is due to have another surgery in the coming months, which will include closing his jaw for a while.

“I feel blessed to be alive,” Weygant said. “When we started cooking, I took a batch of leftover bagels to the emergency department at Exeter hospital because they were able to put me in a place where I could be transported to Mass General. “

From left to right, Rolleyholers owners Heather and Bob Weygant open their bagel store in Exeter on Tuesday morning.

“This guy makes legitimate bagels”

Rolleyholers specializes in baking homemade bagels that Weygant started making for friends in his hometown of Nottingham.

“I’m a Facebook administrator for a Nottingham Facebook group,” Weygant said. “I’ve been baking since I was 6, so I would bake a few batches for friends in town. Then they started posting, “This guy makes legit bagels,” and everyone said I have to open my own store.

Weygant, originally from New Jersey, said that when he first moved to New Hampshire in 2008, it was almost impossible to find a bagel comparable to those made by the New Jersey bakeries he had frequented since his birth. childhood. He said the pandemic had made him feel exhausted from his career in selling architectural design software, so he looked back on his and his late mother’s passion for baking and on a piece of advice she gave him. given while growing up.

“My mom, Kathy, taught me everything I know about baking,” Weygant said. “She said ‘do what you love and the money will follow. You will never work a day in your life.

The secret of the perfect bagel

To make the perfect bagel, Weygant said they need to be boiled first. He said to make them that way he is unable to make gluten-free bagels because gluten is what holds the bagel together while it is boiling.

“It has to be boiled because if it doesn’t, everything else is just a roll with a hole,” Weygant said. “I know a good bagel just to the touch, the crackle they make in the brine, the smell. They are best for up to six hours after being prepared, the cream cheese simply melts into the bread.

“Episode IV: A New Hope”, with Dole Whip

While it doesn’t offer gluten-free bagels, in warmer weather Weygant brings a staple Disney World dessert to Exeter – Dole Whip. The pineapple frozen treat made by Dole is dairy-free, gluten-free, and kosher for customers looking for an ice cream alternative.

“We’re completely crazy about Disney here,” Weygant said. “We call this latest career development” Episode IV: A New Hope “, borrowing from the original Star Wars movie.

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It’s time to make the bagels

Initially, Weygant only makes small batches of bagels from Thursday to Sunday. He said once they start using their bagel oven, which is capable of making 350 bagels every 12 minutes, they’ll be more readily available. He said customers can choose one of the many fresh whipped cream cheese spreads made to order, such as jalapeño-cheddar, onion and garlic, and his favorite, green onion.

Weygant said that once the oven was on, he was looking to expand his “wholesale” operation to sell in smaller grocery stores like On the Vine Marketplace and other bakeries not selling bagels. He said he’s also in talks with Donut Love and New Hampshire Coffee to expand Dover’s drive-thru offerings to include bagels and donuts in hopes of seeing more to come. He also hopes to provide a breakfast catering service for corporate events.

“We would like to have five, six satellite locations in the region that are all supported from this location,” Weygant said. “Ultimately, the goal is to sell 30% through the front door and 70% through the back door. “

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Giving back to the community

Weygant and his family are avid fans and season ticket holders of the Boston Bruins. He said five cents of every bagel sold will be donated to Bruins Foundation as well as an additional five cents to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. He said the Rolleyholers will raffle their tickets to a game once a month at a lucky customer during the hockey season. He said all kinds of Bruins’ loot and other trinkets will be distributed as well.

“The two organizations are so close and dear to my heart,” Weygant said. “Life is so fragile, and I have experienced it myself now. It feels good to be able to give back somehow.

Injury aside, Weygant said he was thrilled to be able to open without too much delay and was excited about what to expect.

“We are speeding up every day, so many people have contacted us. I want to respond to everyone in the most thoughtful and responsive way possible, ”Weygant said. “I really appreciate everyone’s patience and dedication to our business. It will not go unnoticed or without reward.

More information

Rolleyholers, 92 Portsmouth Avenue Suite # 2

(603) 580-4460, email at [email protected]

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