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Panera Bread Coming

Glen Cove is not only getting a new restaurant soon, it is also getting rid of an eyesore. Panera Bread will be taking over the site of the former Ruby Tuesday, which closed its doors in 2009 and has sat vacant and boarded up ever since.

 Michael Puntillo, the manager of GCVS, LLC, Deputy Mayor Barbara Peebles, Councilwoman Pam Panzenbeck, and members of the Chamber of Commerce joined Mayor Reginald A. Spinello at the future downtown site of Panera Bread. The City of Glen Cove was chosen by Panera based on the company’s demographic research, which showed that Glen Cove is a prime location for their restaurant. 

 

“The fact that Glen Cove was able to attract a large chain such as Panera Bread is evidence of our continued commitment to open Glen Cove for business,” said Mayor Spinello.

 

There are no other Panera Bread locations currently on the North Shore; the nearest is in Syosset. With their signature soups and salads (and of course, bread) the restaurant will have menu offerings that aren’t found in other restaurants in the area. And, the Glen

Cove Panera Bread will have many employment opportunities for Glen Cove residents and will be a 4,500 square foot restaurant, with 120 seats as well as outdoor dining and a drive-through. It is expected to open its doors by mid-summer. 

 

The demolition of the former Ruby Tuesday, which occupied the site of 1 Village Square from 1999 until 2009, and building of the new restaurant is the first step in the much-anticipated Village Piazza project. According to Mayor Spinello, the balance of the Piazza project is projected to begin in the late fall.

 

Another much anticipated business that is expected to reopen soon is the movie theater, which the mayor says is currently planned for April 3.


News

Glen Cove residents may see a 1.64 percent increase in the tax levy next year, the amount proposed at last week’s public hearing. Mayor Reginald Spinello and the Glen Cove City Council held an initial reading of the proposed budget for 2015, and will take final vote on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the next city council meeting.

 

“It’s very easy for a first time mayor to raise the taxes and blame it on a prior administration, and that is not what I am doing,” said Mayor Spinello. “In the past three administrations there were budgets with increases of  almost 28 percent to down to 12 percent, but it’s a different time now...I think that the residents are certainly going to feel relief. I put together a budget...that I believe is fair and reasonable and a good budget.”

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

 

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


Sports

The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers, will once again host a special Try Hockey for Free Program on Sunday morning, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at ithe Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Ave. 

 

The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8 to 9 a.m., 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.

On Thursday, Oct. 2, North Shore High School quarterback Michael Floccari shattered a school record and tied a Long Island record for the most touchdown passes in a game. This accomplishment ties him with E.J. Clark from Seaford High School (1977) and Joe Capobianco form Lawrence High school (2011). 


Calendar

Harvest Square Dance - October 24

Fall Festival - Octobner 24 - 25

Peace, Politics and Projectiles - October 26


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