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Panera Bread Opens in Duluth

Updated: 02/28/2014 2:09 PM
Created: 02/28/2014 1:39 PM WDIO.com

Panera Bread has finally expanded to the Northland. The bakery and cafe will open its doors to the public at 6:00 a.m. this Saturday.

The cafe is located at 2108 Maple Grove Road in Duluth, across from Target in the new strip mall.

Friday afternoon, a soft opening welcomed invited guests for a sneak peek. The soft opening also served as a practice run for all the new employees.

For a five dollar donation to Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, the invited guests could get a meal, bakery good, and beverage.

"We are actually giving back to second harvest so everyone that comes in gives a donation and they get to eat lunch. So it's fun and it's a good way to open up the cafe and it's good for the community, too," said the cafe's general manager, Scott Mabusth.

The cafe will open to the public this weekend and they will continue to give back to Second Harvest. Every night, their leftover bread will go to the food bank.

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