Panera Bread coming to Little Neck

Little Neck residents will find a branch of Panera Bread - the Nation’s Leading Bakery-Cafe - in their neighborhood this fall.
Voted # 1 in food, facilities and popularity in a recent Zagat public opinion survey of fast-casual restaurants, Panera Bread will open its second bakery-cafe in Queens at 254-41 Horace Harding Boulevard in Little Neck. Hiring for this new Panera Bread is expected to begin on location on September 2.
With its identity rooted in handcrafted, fresh-baked, artisan bread, Panera Bread is committed to providing great tasting, quality food that people can trust. Highlighted by antibiotic-free chicken, whole-grain bread, select organic and all-natural ingredients and a menu free of harmful Trans fat, Panera’s bakery-cafe selection offers flavorful, wholesome offerings.
The menu includes a wide variety of year-round favorites to complement new items introduced seasonally with the goal of creating new standards in everyday food choices.
“Guests enjoy Panera’s warm and welcoming environment featuring comfortable gathering areas, relaxing decor and free Wi Fi Internet access,” says Greg George, Vice President of Operations.
Panera Bread will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner offering breakfast souffl/s, hand-tossed salads, signature sandwiches, hearty soups served in bread bowls, a variety of Artisan breads and other specialty breads, along with bagels, pastries, baked goods, and hot and cold espresso beverages. Expert bakers make the artisan rustic loaves from flour, water, salt and a natural leavening Panera developed.
Slowly aged and carefully baked on a stone hearth, beautiful artisan breads add depth of character to all Panera sandwiches, soups and salads.
At the close of every day, Panera donates its unsold bread and baked goods to local charities as its way of helping feed back into the local community.
Panera Bread has 15 bakery-cafes on Long Island, two in Staten Island and over 1,000 nationwide. Local expansion is expected to continue with more bakery-cafes opening in Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Long Island over the next few years.

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