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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

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



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