Panera Bread celebrated the recent opening of their newest bakery-café, in the Bay Terrace Shopping Center in Bayside, by giving back to the community.
On Monday, September 14, less than a week after the September 8 official opening of the eatery – with comfortable seating; free Wi-Fi; trans-fat-free baked goods, and fresh hand-tossed salads, signature sandwiches and hearty soups – Panera donated 10 percent of its gross sales to St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in Bayside.
“Community is at the heart of Panera Bread,” said Greg George, Vice President of Operations for the Queens, Long Island and Staten Island bakery-cafes. “We are thrilled to be able to help support St. Mary’s good work on behalf of special needs children.”
The new location makes four Paneras in Queens, including Little Neck, Glendale and Long Island City. – Victor G. Mimoni
Photo Courtesy Panera Bread
Shown here (from left) State Senator Toby Stavisky; Greg George; outgoing City Councilmember Tony Avella and Angela Sculti, Director of Corporate and Community Relations for St. Mary’s, perform the “Bread Breaking” that Panera observes, “is a ribbon cutting with a tasty twist.”