• 73°
The Madison Record

Panera Bread offers ‘everyday oasis’

A new bakery that bills itself as “an everyday oasis” has opened in Madison. Panera Bread’s address is 8179 U.S. 72 W., adjacent to Target.

General manager Jennifer Russell describes Panera Bread as a “bakery/cafe that you can visit and eat lunch, dinner or simply a small snack. You can sit in our dining room with your laptop, read the paper and relax.”

Sourdough is a favorite bread flavor. Choices are country (white), French, three cheese, whole grain, honey wheat, sesame semolina and rye. Size varies from standard loaves to a “miche” yielding 10 sandwiches.

Summer’s most popular order is strawberry poppyseed chicken salad. “Our customers wait all year for that salad to come back,” Russell said. “It’s full of fresh-cut fruit and our antibiotic-free citrus pepper chicken.”

Cinnamon crunch bagels are another crowd favorite. “They’re baked fresh daily with cinnamon and vanilla chips throughout with a big pile of cinnamon sugar baked on top,” Russell said.

Unusual orders are no problem, even a bacon-turkey bravo sandwich on a blueberry bagel, which Russell once prepared.

Other choices at Panera Bread are whole grain and French baguettes, bagels, cookies, pastries, soups, salads, barista and smoothie drinks, hot panini sandwiches and cold sandwiches. Kids’ menu orders include beverage, a yogurt tube and choice of salad, sandwich or soup.

Russell’s eight-year career with Panera started in New Jersey, followed by Decatur and Huntsville. “And now Madison … hopefully for a long time,” she said. “I love this company. It’s a great place to work.” Russell oversees about 50 employees, with managers Timmy Kiker, Trista Bush, Tim Sullivan, Jordan Adams and Ashley Clem.

“I’m sure we’ll be successful in Madison. I’ve never heard someone say they don’t like Panera Bread,” Russell said. “Many customers have been waiting for us to open.”

“Running a successful restaurant is all in how I treat my employees. If I treat them with respect, they’ll in turn treat my customers like that. It’s the trickle-down effect,” she said.

The free “My Panera” program randomly rewards food freebies or discounts.

Daily hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., except Sunday opening at 7 a.m. For more information, call 256-721-7831 or visit panerabread.com.

Lifestyles

Group locates graves of Revolutionary War veterans

Madison

Trash Pandas take series in Tennessee with 4-2 win, return home for 4th of July

Madison

Trash Pandas win wild one in Tennessee 11-9

James Clemens High School

Yewon Lee chosen for Emmy Noether Awards, worth $25K

Madison

Madison City Schools district requires re-enrollment of all students

Madison

Citizens group promoting petition to place city manager decision on ballot

Madison

Home runs sink Trash Pandas in 4-2 loss

Liberty Middle School

Teachers, students motivate Latoya Whitehorn, Liberty’s top staffer

Madison

Authorities: Woman who had stillborn birth at Madison Hospital arrested, admitted using meth

Madison

Mazda Toyota Manufacturing awards $180,000 in donations to 10 local nonprofits

Madison

Trash Pandas prevail 2-1 in pitcher’s duel

Madison

Other celebrations for Independence Day in north Alabama

Madison

REMINDER: ‘Star-Spangled Celebration’ features cornhole, pickleball contests

Madison

Fireworks, festivals, crawfish and mullets on tap for 4th of July fun

Business

Local physician’s medical license suspended

Madison

Noon public meeting at library today to discuss city’s proposed city manager transition

Bob Jones High School

COVID-19 waiver expires; MCS students must qualify for free, reduced-price meals

Huntsville

“Miracle Bash, Swim For Melissa” proceeds to purchase high-tech respiratory equipment for regional neonatal ICU

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – June 29, 2022

Madison

Madison Area Family Lions Club conducts eye screening at Midtown

Huntsville

ALDOT: Road update for Fourth of July holiday travel

Business

Huntsville man jailed on home repair fraud, forgery charges

Madison

Editorial: Suspending gas tax a gimmick, not a solution

Madison

Trash Pandas no-hit in Tennessee

x