Aiken Standard:

Einstein Bros. Bagels reports it is still coming to Aiken, despite rumors to the contrary, but has not released any additional details.

Kevin Kruse, vice president of franchise development with the Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, said any rumors that Einstein has canceled its plans to open a restaurant in Aiken are unfounded. However, he can’t say much more.

“I’m sworn to secrecy,” he said.

Though the Einstein Noah Restaurant Group has yet to formally announce its site selection, local sources confirmed last month that Einstein Bros. Bagels and Five Guys Burgers and Fries, which has also announced it will open here, will set up shop in the building formerly occupied by Shoney’s.