Local pastry and sandwich lovers, rejoice: the new Panera at the Main Street Marketplace plaza in Waltham is slated to open Nov. 27, according to company officials.
There will be a grand opening party on Dec. 4, where the first 200 customers who purchase something will receive a Panera travel mug with free refills for seven days, company representatives said.
Panera's opening is the last of the highly-anticipated fast food chains to begin service in the plaza: the new Five Guys Burgers and Fries opened in October, and Chipotle Mexican Grill opened in late September.
Panera previously hoped to include a drive-through in its initial plans, but city officials recommended dropping the plans, which the company did.
The Main Street Marketplace formerly hosted a Ford car dealership for over three decades before it closed down. Property owners started building about 10 new storefronts at the beginning of 2012.
Other stores in the plaza include iParty, Massage Envy, Aspen Dental, Doctors Express, and Supercuts.
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