The much-anticipated opening of Panera Bread took place last week on a bright, hot morning, with the new cafe seeing a fair amount of traffic during the first hours of operation. The occasion was marked by a gathering of local officials and members of organizations supporting new business in downtown Glen Cove.
The group included Mary Stanco, president of the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce, Eric Alexander from Vision Long Island, developer Michael Puntillo, Francine Koehler and Mary Jirsa from the Glen Cove BID, Mayor Reggie Spinello and Deputy Mayor Barbara Peebles, Assemblyman Chuck Lavine, Leg. Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Councilwoman Pam Panzenbeck and members of Panera’s management team.
The restaurant features a drive-through window and outdoor seating, and is the first phase of the Piazza project in Glen Cove’s Village Square, a development that will hold 110 rental apartments as well as 25,000-square-feet of ground floor retail space and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2017.