Written by Jill Nossa Wednesday, 26 March 2014 00:00
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.