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Panera Aims for Spring Opening

Newest Huntington eatery will open on Main Street.

Panera Bread expects to open its Huntington village restaurant this spring.

The newest Panera site is undergoing renovations at 354 W. Main St., in the space formerly housing Noma and Guido’s restaurants. A Massa pizzeria shop is also preparing to open right next door. Both are accessible from the Clinton Avenue-Gerard Street municipal parking lot.

With its town permits in place, the company said this will be the 23rd Long Island site operate by Doherty Enterprises, Inc., franchisee for the Long Island Panera Bread.

"We consider this an ideal spot for Panera,” said Greg George, vice president of operations for the Long Island bakery-cafes. “It’s located right near the heart of the village, has great visibility and active foot traffic through town.  In addition, this location will have a Community Room that can be reserved for free by clubs, organizations and not-for-profit groups looking for a gathering place.”

The restaurant will also offer free wi-fi service.

"We strongly believe in supporting the communities we operate in,” George said. Panera Bread makes daily donations of breads and pastries to Island Harvest, runs its annual Pink Ribbon Bagel campaign to help fund Long Island breast cancer charities, and provides donations of food to local fundraising events.

The chain said it expects to hire about 50-60 employees and will begin hiring about five weeks before the opening.

Panera opened a location in Syosset in July.

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Robert W February 05, 2013 at 02:35 PM
The school districts don't have a revenue problem they have a spending problem!
Billy February 05, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Tropical Smoothie Cafe has very healthy food & salad choices & very reasonably priced
forthill voice March 06, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Panera is a huge chain who's profits leave the community. We need to support the small businesses that make Huntington special. I'd hate to see a local deli go under because Panera has a place to sit and Wifi
JSC March 06, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Panera may be a "chain", but I seriously doubt that it will harm any local deli - people who go to the deli don't expect to sit. They are two different establishments. With so many varied eating businesses in town, Panera isn't going to affect any of them anymore than they have affected each other already. Wifi is good and bad - it may attract more people who want to sit, but those who stay and sit take up space for the next person to come in and spend money there. If other restaurants want Wifi, they can get it just as easily as Panera or Starbucks...
Jim R. March 06, 2013 at 08:05 PM
The market will dictate what people want. I don't want to go to a deli where I won't be able to find a place to sit or pay more for a sandwich. And who's to say the profits of said deli stay in the community? What if the deli owner lives in queens?

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