Panera Bread Sets Opening Date For Downtown Hartford Cafe
by KENNETH R. GOSSELIN
April 24, 2013
Panera Bread will open its downtown Hartford cafe May 13 at 10 State House Square, its owner and operator said this morning.
The Hartford location will be open Monday through Friday, from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. The owner and operator of the Panera, Howley Bread Group, is considering opening on the weekends in the future, a spokesman told me.
The week before the opening, Panera will host six “Preview Parties” to mark the opening and raise funds for six Hartford charities: The Hartford Public School’s PROMISE College Access & Scholarship Program; Hartford Symphony Orchestra; Hands on Hartford; Charities of Hope; Travelers Championship Charities; and Hartford Hospital Partnership for Breast Care.
For a donation of $10 per person at the door, invited guests will be served a full breakfast or lunch. The donations will benefit the charities. For more information, visit www.panerabreadhbg.com and click on “contact us.”
On Friday, May 17, starting at 8 a.m., the first 500 customers will receive a free Panera travel mug and a voucher for free coffee refills for the next 30 days at the State House Square location.
The State House Square cafe is the 26th owned and operated by the Howley in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Other Paneras operated by Howley in Connecticut are in Bristol, Canton, Enfield, Glastonbury, Groton, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Lisbon, two sites in Manchester, Newington, Waterford, West Hartford and Wethersfield.
Reprinted with permission of the Hartford Courant.
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