Business Beat

Panera Bread sets up shop in Bellmore


Representatives from Nassau County, the Town of Hempstead and Doherty Enterprises, owner and operator of Long Island’s first two-story Panera Bread restaurant, officially broke bread during its grand opening ceremony in Bellmore on Jan. 13.

Located at 2375 Merrick Road, the new Panera Bakery-Café offers off-street parking, free Wi-Fi, sitting nooks and a fireplace for unwinding. The new eatery also features a community room that can be reserved in advance, at no charge, by clubs, groups and other local organizations looking for a meeting place. Officials said the opening of the Island’s 26th Panera Bread has created 60 jobs in the Bellmore-Merrick area.