The ice cream melted away, the bread went stale, and the coffee got way too hot.

The ice cream melted away, the bread went stale, and the coffee got way too hot.

Now Bruegger's Bagels will move in and try to make a success of the ill-fated restaurant site at 530 N. High Street.

A company spokesperson in Burlington, Vt. confirmed on Tuesday that franchisee Joe Ritzler plans to open a Bruegger's at the former Friendly's/Montana Bread/Starbucks site on the southeast corner of South and High streets.

Tentative opening date is July 1.

This will be the fourth Bruegger's in central Ohio, all operated by Ritzler, a Cleveland attorney.

The chain, which opened in 1983, has 270 bakeries nationwide.

They are known for their authentic, New York-style kettle-boiled bagels which are baked and served hot in each restaurant.

Bruegger's offers a variety of breakfast and lunch fare, including sandwiches, soups, salads and Green Mountain Coffee.

Most of the restaurants offer free WiFi.

Worthington's Architectural Review Board is to hear an application for Bruegger's signs at its April 22 meeting.

The stand-alone restaurant site has a long and storied history in Worthington.

It was built as a Friendly's Restaurant, and for many years was a neighborhood favorite, known for its ice cream fountain and casual, sit-down restaurant.

After it closed, it quickly reopened - and closed - as a Montana Bread.

It then opened as a Starbucks in January 2004. Four months later, it burned nearly to the ground after someone tossed a firebomb through a window during the middle of the night.

No one was ever arrested or charged for the arson.

After much haggling with the city, the building's owners rebuilt and Starbucks reopened in June 2005.

It closed in September 2008 when the company chose to close 600 Starbucks nationwide.

It has remained vacant since then.

Other Bruegger's Bagels are located at 2500 E. Main St., Bexley; in the Shops at River Ridge, 4425 W. Dublin-Granville Road in Dublin; and in the Shops on Lane Ave., 1621 Lane Ave, Upper Arlington.