Panera Bread Opens Today

The restaurant is the latest addition to the Brunswick Square Mall

Get your sandwiches and drinks today.

Panera Bread is having a grand opening today at the Brunswick Square Mall.

The new bakery-cafe will offer fresh baked bread, sandwiches, desserts and drinks, comfortable chairs, a community table and free Wi-Fi Internet access.

The hours of operation for Panera Bread at Brunswick Square mall are Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday- Saturday, 6 a.m.- 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 7 a.m.- 9 p.m. Major credit cards are accepted.

Since Panera Bread was founded, the company and its franchisees have been active participants in the communities in which it does business.  As part of Panera’s broader national Operation Dough-Nation program, which was created in 1992 to formalize Panera’s commitment to community involvement, the new location will join the New Jersey community in giving back through its local Day-End Dough-Nation and Community Breadbox. Panera is is seeking 501c3 organizations and food banks to donate breads to at the end of each night. 

Submit any inquiries to Angie.Greene-Hicks@panerabread.com.  Collectively, Panera bakery-cafes across the United States and Canada have  donated more than $50 million worth of unsold bread and baked goods in 2010 to help people in need.


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Dan F July 31, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I already stopped in. The breakfast sandwiches are great!
John P. August 05, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Unfortunately, this place is going through its growing pains. We went there on its third day of being open, and it was pretty disorganized. You get a number for your order, but they use waiters to bring you your food, but the problem is, they have no idea WHERE the number goes. You are not seated as in a typical sit-down restaurant, so you could be at any table in the place, and if your number is say...43...that's great...where does the waiter bring it? They walk around the place with your food asking each table if they are number 43. NOT a good system. To top it off, unfortunately, when my wife bit into her sandwich, she found a HUGE piece of plastic in her mouth. It seemed to be the plastic package that the deli-turkey comes in. When she mentioned it to the manager, he said "sorry", took the plastic away and was never seen again. Unfortunate...I love Panera Bread, and I'm really happy to see them come to East Brunswick. I only hope that they get the place straightened out...soon. I don't want to have to drive to North Brunswick for my Panera cravings.
Myrna August 20, 2012 at 07:50 PM
And still being constructed right next to Panera Bread in Brunswick Square Mall is another new restaurant "The Tilted Kilt." I had never heard of the chain, so I checked it out online. It's basically Hooters in kilts.The waitresses have to wear a skimpy bra and a small kilt to serve burgers, nachos,beer, etc. Online I learned that this chain is being sued for sexual harrassment by a group of women employees, that the city of Evanston Illinois protested and succeeded in keeping them out of downtown Evanston, that a number of locations have not been profitable and had to close. Is this the best business that couold be found for the small expansion of Brunswick Square Mall? Nothing special about the food - just beer and scantily clad waitresses. I realize that young wwomen aren't forced to work there and that I'm free not to eat there...but if the town is hoping for a retail revival in East Brunswick, how about looking for businesses and restaurants that aren't 3rd rate?
Dan F August 20, 2012 at 08:17 PM
One thing I know is that unlike Panera, Tilted Kilt will only be accessible from the parking lot and not within the mall. Last I heard, they planned to open in late August but it still looks like it has a long way to go. Last year, I went to the Tilted Kilt in Pittsburgh. It's in a good location, right by the baseball and football stadiums. Brunswick Square doesn't seem to be a great fit for a sports bar, scantily clad waitresses or otherwise. But I suppose that they should be able to draw from the Rutgers campus.
Ekaterina Khramova March 13, 2013 at 05:33 AM
just to let u know panera bread is pathetick i never liked them since i left working there everything i did there was good the managers suck they used to be great i hope they get sued ser for their mistakes and i believe that panera is pathetic in a alot of ways my name is ekaterina khramova and i hope oneday they get sued cause they dont know how to do the job w out me when im not there there are a fiew people that miss from the mall so i wish they could re open up a restaurant that is worth while seeing and going 2 hope to see the mall soon


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