Promotional items for local businesses are printed at no charge as space permits. Readers and business owners can submit items for this column to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or via U.S. Postal Service at 1045B Park Blvd., Massapequa Park NY 11762.Panera Bread marked the opening of its 18th Long Island bakery-cafe on Monday with its traditional "bread breaking" ceremony. Councilman Joseph G. Pinto, at left Town of Oyster Bay, was on hand to officially commemorate the Massapequa restaurant's opening in the Sunrise Promenade on Sunrise Highway, as he, and Christopher Schneider of Senator Fuschillo's office,at right, broke bread with Greg George, Vice President of Operations for Panera Bread. The bakery-cafe, which opened last Monday, conveys a welcoming coffeehouse atmosphere, but serves everything from breakfast soufflés and hand-tossed salads to signature sandwiches and soup in edible sourdough bread bowls. It's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Friday; from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and from 7 a.m., to 9 p.m., Sunday. Panera also offersfree Wi-Fihigh-speed Internet access. Theaverage wait time to get your meal is under four minutes!
Broccoli Rob's, located at 20 Broadway, Massapequa, (in back of the Massapequa train station) celebrated its grand opening, May 5. Members of the Massapequa Chamber of Commerce and Town and Village officials were on hand to welcome Broccoli Rob's to the neighborhood with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. Shown, left to right, are Mary Hainas, mother of new owner; Tom Hainas, brother of new owner; Alison Compagnino, friend; Theresa Bookstaver, owner; George Hainas, father of new owner, back; Brian Bookstaver, son of owner, front; Rob Bookstaver, owner; Jenette Barth, aunt; Town of Oyster Bay Councilman Joe Pinto; Massapequa Chamber of Commerce President Robert Barrett; Chamber Trustee Harry Jacobson, Chamber-elect Howard Ritzer; representative of Senator Fuschillo; Chamber Treasurer Sue Martin; Past Chamber President Joe Basile and Chamber Executive Director Pete Gisonda.